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To paint a canister

Laura and I bought some vintage canisters on ebay for me to use as painting and drawing subjects. We thought they would make a great image for Antique Recipe Roadshow. As soon as I got them, I put two of them on my kitchen counter and got out my watercolors. I often paint little watercolors of subjects I’ve never painted before just to get my first quick impression down.

Next I tried a different canister in pastel, but I knew right away that the freshness of the pastel medium was not right for the old feeling of these dinged-up cans.

I did another pastel with more going on in the composition than just the cans. I liked the quality of the light, but I still felt that pastel was not right for this image.

In the end this painting with the more subtle qualities of oil paint captured the canisters best. 

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These are beautiful, Nan. I just wish I had half your eye for color.


    – Mark (April 23 2008 at 4:32)

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