Butterflies are such adorable, delightful creatures - They bring out the best in us. Perhaps this is one of the reasons for such an enthusiastic participation from everyone for the last challenge. And every painting is so lovely! Many of my friends mentioned that they often returned back to PADT in the last couple of weeks admiring the gallery of wonderful paintings.
I want to thank all of us who participated as well as those who provided feedbacks.
About the composition
This composition is all about an old fashioned porcelain jar I found hidden among a pile of pottery in an antique store. What attracted me to it were the amazing complementary colors, blue - orange and the extremely pleasing variety of shapes.
The jar could have been used for anything. In this composition I decided to make it look like it was used to store coffee beans.
As with the majority of our compositions, the light source is positioned at the top left side. This gives great reflections and shadows all accross the jar. The coffee beans introduce a variety of textures complementing the glossy porcelain surface.
There are 2 important tasks to accomplish while painting this composition:
1) Background. In the reference photo there is no background, just plain blue-gray zone. I would like you to try to paint a simple background that will communicate aerial perspective with an undefind space behind the jar.
2) Form, light, texture. As always, please pay special attention to the porcelain surface, textures (esp of the coffee beans), highlights, shadows and reflections. Just for a moment observe how many colors you can find reflected in the metal parts of the jar - then paint them.
Please send a photo of your painting latest by February 19. The next painting reference will be posted on Sunday February 20.