Jug – in digital pastel

#204 Jug
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I look at my recent still lives & feel a need for perfecting them & also loosening them up, and also that this is not quite the direction I want to go in. To do a still life first there is an “arrangement” to do lighting comes into that, and the lighting needs attention. I think I prefer to find things. One thing I like about this one is the attention to the backdrop, in the Teapot it was just digital paper, this time I’ve played around with pastels.

This print is in a limited edition of 25 Giclée prints on A4, 21 cm x 29.7 cm archival paper. The image size is 17.5 cm x 12.5 cm. The next available print is: 1/25

I guess I am influenced in these by Duane Keiser – as are many people in the Daily Painting group it would seem. I love his work & his flair – and he has boosted the ethos of Internet distribution. I respect that. I think he has his character in his images yet they are also very realistic. Compositions are good too. I will post one of his images here:


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4 Replies to “Jug – in digital pastel”

  1. You are doing all this work with a PC? Wow. Your still lifes are wonderful, keep doing them! Though I agree it is a nuisance to have to set up the lighting etc. I saw a clever set up box for sale at hammacher schlemmer which is being sold for ebay sellers to photograph their treasurs but an artist could use it for still lifes.

    Why the pc or am I missng something that you already explained in your blog? Have you worked with RL (real life) pastels?

    What is the longevity of your giclee prints? How long will they last archivally I mean, will they fade in the sun? Just curious, I worked in watercolor a long time until I got tired of explaining to customers to please do not hang them in direct sunlight.

    Ah what is a “trackback”?

  2. Thanks Sally,

    I have not worked with real life materials since schooldays about 50 years ago, and this project is all digital & very new – I began late August.

    The giclees are rated to last 100 years and the print quality is amazing.

    It is not the nuisance value of setting up the still-lifes, there is a stiffness in them that I want to avoid, and finding things and experimenting with different approaches seems to aid that. But I will be sure to do more as part of my 1000!


    I think a trackback is when you post on your blog I link to mine I then it shows up here? I have not had it work as yet.

    I saw your website & particularly liked Wall of Leaves

  3. Thanks Walter for looking at my website and comment of Wall oF Leaves, that is one my most recent paintings and I feel like I am getting more adept with acrylic paints, you might enjoy checking out this artist’s website, he does a weekly email newsletter and has a lot to say about painting and art in genearl. http://www.painterskeys.com/

    As far as stiffness in the still lifes, is that medium you are using or your brain so to speak? If you want a looser look you may have to use a real paintbrush or pastel stick. I am a bit of a luddite on this though what you can do with a pc tablet and software is impressive!

  4. Thanks for the link. That Painters Keys looks good.

    It is my brain not the media. I have been sketching with this question of looseness in mind, Jug 2 was much more casual than Jug 1, and I am pleased to have posted it up. I am also quite pleased with Little, that was a 1 min sketch and I feel satisfied with it.

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