Sunday, January 5, 2014

Top Shelf

There was a fun still life set up in painting class on Thursday, all the detritus from a New Year's celebration. I can't remember the last time I painted a still life, so that means it has been awhile.

I got a pretty good start on it in class and probably could have left it alone.  But  after class I decided that the focal area should be the blue martini glass and grapes.  So I tightened that area by correcting the drawing and sharpening some edges and working the darks and lights. The other areas then got minor fluffs, because when you work on one area it affects the others, and then they need attention too. 
Top Shelf  (working title, not sure yet).  I was thinking of calling it Rex Goliath, because of the wine bottle.  But I'm not sure people will get it.  Oh well, I'll figure it out.  This is going to look great in someone's dinning room or bar.  It has a classical set up and a tropical feel.

Top Shelf
20" x 24"
©Maggie Ruley 2014
small print; yes it is a new year and prices have gone up.


  1. I'm thirsty and lusting for that blue glass... martini please! Beautiful!

    1. Thank you, I'll have a glass of the white wine please.


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