Saturday, July 7, 2012

Untitled oil on panel in-progress by Paul Baldassini

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Here are two stages of a new work in-progress (untitled for now) — the underpainting only.  It is the first painting of a NEW series tentatively entitiled “Homework”.  This contemporary still life series will focus on bold design and composition, and like previous work, incorporate light effects, texture and surfaces.  Instead of tractors or figures at a cafĂ© it will feature props such as fabrics, bowls, plates, vessels and other kitchen and related items I’ve collected over the years, along with fruits, vegetables and flowers, some from my own garden.  This series picks up where the tractors left off, an “after the harvest” sort of a thing.

The arrangements are styled on a white tabletop in early morning or late afternoon light to take advantage of raking light and long cast shadows.  If there is no wind, this is done outside on a deck adjoining my kitchen otherwise I style inside with the tabletop moved right in front of two large glass sliding doors.  The shadow play is an important and integral part of the composition unifying and connecting the objects, while creating movement and visual interest throughout the composition.

Like all of my work, the overall design is chosen and cropped through a camera lens and elements are added and subtracted later using digtial image editing and compositing, as necessary to create a pleasing composition.

8 hours to date including panel prep, drawing and underpainting in Quinacridone Magenta.