Still Life with Tassel Part I

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A monochromatic bronzed candlestick, a faded green silk tassel, and a pale blue nut. A wrinkled sheet of sturdy brown packing paper is used as backdrop.

A compositional grid is drawn for a preliminary graphite drawing:

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Next, I place the forms within the grid.

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…and complete the drawing below.

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On a burnt sienna oil ground I block in an underpainting using burnt umber, in preparation for a limited palette oil painting.

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With the first color pass, using cool/warm palette of burnt sienna and ultramarine blue:

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