for this next painting,
From A Can",
from this vintage label, taken from a can of
the label on a couple of cans and designed some
wallpaper from the salmon image on the back of
the can. My little chef notepad and pencil holder
from the 1950's is mounted on the wall.
brother in law, Paul, will again be my fly
positioned the fisherman inside the top of the
can on the right, with him taking aim at the top
inside of the can on the left. I'll paint the
wallpaper first, establishing the values of the
background so that I can determine what darkness
will make the fisherman and cans of fish 'pop'.
background is all painted in. I can already say
that I will darken all the elements of the
wallpaper when I apply the final layer of paint.
green was the color of choice for the surface
under the cans. Both the light struck areas and
all the shadows have been indicated.
holder was fun to do. It has some subtle value
changes in the yellow plastic.
look at the entire canvas.
begun to paint the can labels. Since both cans
have the same label...
mixed up enought paint to work on both at the
overall red of the label is completed.
on the left is roughed in...
well as the can on the right.
basics of the fisherman are brushed onto the
linen canvas. At this point, it is obvious to me
that there is not enough contrast between the
fish on the wall (especially the light belly area
of each fish) and the light that hits the
fisherman's sleeves and hat.
to get an idea how dark the background needs to
be painted on its final pass, I've darkened the
belly of the fish that frames the light that hits
his right arm. I'll go through and darken all the
this photo is a little lighter than the one
above, you can see that I have increased the
value on all the light areas on each fish. This
darker value is as dark as the first passage of
brown on the wall. This tells me that the brown
of the wall will have to get considerably darker
to make the white areas on the fish look white
(albeit in the shade).
increased the value of the brown area of the
wall, which makes the fish pop out. This overall
darker wall tells me how dark to paint the chef
note holder to make it look correct.
the chef note holder in this photo to the one
above. I've darkened it proportionately to the
value of the wall, making it 'sit back' in the
couldn't see the shape of the cast shadow on the
front of the can from my original photos, so I
put the can in the sun again today and took care
of the lid's shadow.
shadow from the bent back lid defined, I've
continued on and put the final coat of paint on
the can. You can compare it with the photo above.
on the right is now finished and...
the counter shadows and warm green light struck
areas filled in, the fisherman remains the only
object left to paint.
close-up of the finished fly fisherman.
here's the painting completed!