Monday, May 31, 2010

"At My Kitchen Sink" (sold)


Oil on Board
8"x12"

Every so often, an artist's work comes to my attention and it feels as if it was "supposed" to. Recently, Ken Howard's paintings caught my eye in a book on painting interiors that my husband brought home from a used book store, and just last week I stumbled upon a book focusing on his philosophy and techniques. He reminds me of how important drawing and painting from life is. I'm not going to be giving up my photo references anytime soon, but am really trying to get out and draw and sketch daily from life. Since I wasn't able to set my paints up in my kitchen for the day, I first did a watercolor sketch and then used that and a photo reference. Doing the watercolor really helped me to study the subject and see color, value and composition before I started in with oils.


6 comments:

Leslie Saeta said...

Ahhh ... wonderful light. Ad you made such a beautiful painting from such an everyday viewpoint! So creative!

Sheila Vaughan said...

Hi Vicki, an admirable little painting of a domestic scene "as is". Too often we tidy things up, re-arrange etc. This works. Yes, Ken Howard is a great British painter and from what I can gather, an interesting and amusing person with a lot of insights into the job. Seeing his larger work in person is awesome - plus I think he's right about working from life as well, whatever our "style" is. I'm enjoying my new figure drawing class so much.

Susan Roux said...

I love the light and the feeling in this. Ken Howard's work is an inspiration to many. Him and Richard Schmid...

Pam Holnback said...

Really like the "lights", especially from the window.

Kathy said...

I love the subject ... very well done.

Carrie H. said...

This has great light!