Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Corporate Commission in Progress: Oreo's


Oreo's
oil on canvas
30'' x 30"

This is the sixth day of work on the third of five corporate commissioned paintings. I have to say this one has really been kicking my butt. I knew that I'd have problem with the embossing on the cookies, but I underestimated by just how much. The wrinkles, and the text on the package are also posing their own distinct challenge. A significant weakness of mine is expecting too much from a painting in progress, way too soon. This happens nearly every time I begin a new piece. If the image doesn't quickly begin to emerge exactly as I think it should, I tend to really beat myself up over it. I'm my own harshest critic. Fortunately as the painting evolves through subsequent passes, and starts to come together, my mood begins to lift. In the end I usually allow myself to feel good about it. 


9 comments:

Jelaine Faunce said...

After all the times I've painted Oreo cookies, I have come to realize that they are most easily accomplished by doing about 4 distinct layers of black to brown, and two layers of lighter grayish brown highlights, each layer consecutively lighter than the last. It is the most energy and time efficient way, even if it takes longer with the consecutive drying times in between layers. And the final result is better than when I try to push it all at once.

Having said that, I think your work looks superb! :o)

Dean H. said...

The painting will be terrific! Those are stages that many artists commonly go through. Hang in there...you are a skilled pilot for each painting's journey.

Dean

spluckygirlart said...

It must be working...I suddenly need an Oreo cookie. I think it looks amazing!!

Maggie Hurley said...

Your work is beautiful. I know being patient is nearly impossible; I find a glass of wine while working is quite helpful!

Connie said...

Your work is awesome...every little detail with perfect value. Would you consider posting step by step pics of how you work? My style is not like yours, but I would really enjoy seeing how you do it, and I imagine many others would, also. Thanks for such a wonderful blog.

Krista said...

Thank you for your smart sayings!

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Krista said...

An oil painting with real values is an artwork of traditional and classic.

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