Sunday, October 20, 2013
About a month ago I was inspired to do a still life with a Fall theme when I was looking through the produce at the grocery store. So I purchased a pumpkin and a couple of gourds. That same evening I was flipping through a book of Dutch paintings and found a still life with a skull painted by Peter Claesz in 1630. As I was arranging my composition for the still life I thought it would be cool to include the skull from the Peter Claesz painting to give it a bit of a Halloween theme. So I could capture the cast shadows of the skull on the gourds I used a head of lettuce where I was going to add the skull. Here is a photo of the arrangement, a sketch of the composition, and the final oil painting.
I was hiking on Saturday at Edgewood Park and decided to sketch some oak trees while taking a break to look out over the Bay. I also took a picture for reference which I used to do this watercolor painting. I focused on the oak trees off center and to the right as my subject.