Living Room

living-room

We were in the middle of organizing all kinds of stuff we had in storage by pulling it all out in our living room and sorting through it.

As I was sitting there in the middle of a mountain of stuff with the light streaming out of the skylight I could picture myself buried in the detritus but lit like a saint.

Plus I liked the ideas of spending a long time painting every single little item in this room, so I took photos and began the painting.

Sessions

Living Room: Finished and Drawing Fundamentals

I’ve finished my Living Room painting and I’m very happy with how it turned out, now it is time to work on the fundamentals.

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Living Room: Suitcase

I’m happy to say that I’m close to finishing this painting, just a couple more sessions.

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Living Room: Out of Focus

Not only is the photograph out of focus but for this session my mind was out of focus also.

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Living Room: Clothing

Clothing is difficult to paint when the photo is blurry.

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Living Room: Pink Bag

I struggling to find a good color to substitute for this pink bag that is in the foreground of the photograph.

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Living Room: Floor and Glass

I’m enjoying painting the multitude of different textures and today I went from a wood floor to a glass top.

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Living Room: Grocery Bag

I had a lot of fun painting a simple grocery bag for this session.

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Living Room: A Box of Paper

For this session I worked on a clear box full of paper.

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Living Room: Cat Carrier

For this session I paint a cat carrier and I think about the truth of everything.

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Living Room: Table Done

I’ve finished the table this session and I’ hope all the lines are straight enough.

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Living Room: Dad’s Table

I worked for an hour on a very small section because it’s important that I get this right.

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Living Room: Too Much Detail

Many times I wonder if I’m adding too much detail to this painting.

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Living Room: Gray

Even though some colors in this painting looking of high chrome they are all actually very close to gray.

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Living Room: More Background

I just worked on more background elements this session.

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Living Room: Background

Today  I worked on some background elements.

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Living Room: Hand Refinement

Today I worked on refining my hand and some foreground elements.

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Living Room: Plaid Pants

Painting plaid pants is not the easiest thing to do, it takes a lot of focus.

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Living Room: Back on Track

I’m back to it today, trying to get more than an hour of work on this painting.

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Living Room: One of Those Days

Today was one of those days where I really didn’t have the motivation to do more than the minimum.

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Living Room: Fabric

I’ve spent two long session now just working on the fabric of my shirt.

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Living Room: A Small Area

When the day isn’t going well and I’m having a hard time just getting started, I concentrate on a small area to keep focus.

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Living Room: Double Time

Tonight I spent 2 hours painting which is a great achievement as it has been a while since I could manage that much time in one day.

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Living Room: Lots of Blending

I spent this whole session working on blending the top ceiling area of this painting.

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Living Room: A Balance of Detail

In this session I’m trying to balance detail with distraction.

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Living Room: On the Phone Painting Boxes

I spent this whole session on the phone with my brother while painting boxes.

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Living Room: Doing What I Feel Like

I was thinking about doing a session with my gouache tree painting but, honestly I didn’t feel like it.

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Living Room: Texture

I find myself running out of things to write about as this painting is progressing slowly.

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Living Room: The Right Music

With the right music I’m able to enter into a deep focus while painting and I almost always have good results.

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Living Room: Small Changes

The portrait in this painting is so small that I’m having trouble painting it.

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Living Room: Starting the Refinement

Today I’m starting the refinement of this painting.

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Living Room: Almost Half Way

I’m almost half way done with this painting, this is still just the block-in.

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Living Room: Red Suitcase

I repainted the suitcase. I didn’t like the gray that I made it.

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Living Room: Lots of Gray

I’m adjusting the original photo and removing all of the high chroma colors in the foreground.

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Living Room: Sticking With it

I was going to start another painting in gouache but I couldn’t find a good subject.

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Living Room: Lack of Focus

While painting a ton of complex stuff today I realize my current lack of focus.

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Living Room: Color Dilemma

As I slowly complete this painting I have run across a color dilemma.

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Living Room: Stripes

Another hour spent on this painting and in this session I have a dilemma on how to paint stripes.

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Living Room: Dark Glaze

I started off this session with a dark glaze over the entire background that was dry.

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Living Room: Basic Shapes

I’m moving across the painting focusing on basic shapes.

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Living Room: Breaking it Up

To bolster my motivation I’m not focusing on all the work it will take to finish this painting, I’m breaking it up into easier chunks.

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Living Room: Not Working

I’m honestly not sure if I want to continue with this painting, I think it’s not working.

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Living Room: Branching Out

Similar to how Richard Schmid paints I start with detail in a spot and then begin branching out.

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Living Room: Portrait Start

This is how I prefer to begin a painting, with as much details as possible with the first strokes.

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Living Room: Beginning with Oil

I’ve realized that I don’t like starting with washes or general block-ins.

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Living Room: Lost in the Detail

The clutter is intentional, it’s part of our lives, and I’m interested in getting lost within it.

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Living Room: Drawing and Value

I’m focusing on drawing and value now with the addition of lighter gesso.

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Living Room: More Drawing Refinement

I’m working further on the drawing refinement for this session, trying to get as much laid out before painting.

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Living Room: Drawing Refinement

For the next few sessions I will be refining the drawing for this painting.

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Living Room: Beginning Drawing

I’m not even using my easel for this one it is so big that I’m just propping it up on my lap to draw.

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Living Room: Start

Most of today’s session was taking photos for my painting and getting my paper gessoed.

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Details

  • Work: 1360
  • Size: 20" x 30"
  • Medium: Oil on Paper
  • Sessions: 50
  • Start date: 1/22/2018
  • End date: 4/10/2018