|Holiday Prep I, pastel, 9x12|
|Holiday Prep II, pastel, 9x12|
I chose the items for these still life set ups with a wide variety of surface textures in mind. In each, I purposely chose a mat finish ornament to go beside the other shiny ornaments. The transparent satin ribbon, cloth background and smooth wood surface also added a nice variety of textures to study closely.
Some of the ornaments also had textured decorations on them. It was interesting to note that even though some of the sparkly designs on the ornaments were actually white in color, the highlights on the shiny ornaments were still lighter in value than the white areas, just due to the fact that the nondecorated area of the ornament was very reflective. The white areas were not a shiny texture and therefore didn't reflect nearly as much light. Shiny, reflective objects tend to have larger extremes of lights and darks than less shiny objects with more of a mat finish. The black fabric in the background is the least reflective and has the least amount of value contrast.
For both of these pieces, I started with a quick monochromatic underpainting using an alcohol wash on mounted Uart 320 paper.
|Underpainting for Holiday Prep I|
|The set up for Holiday Prep I|