This painting started with just the jar of oil, but it seemed so boring. So I included the brush, but it still felt like something was missing. The table top just wasn’t working. Then I looked up towards the book shelf and a light bulb lit up! My Rembrandt book! I loved how it worked so perfectly with this still life. The dark background, the jar with it’s brass lid, the paintbrush with the light bristles reflecting on the book. I was so delighted with this set up.
The palette of colors I used are ~ Alizarin Crimson, Primrose Yellow, Yellow ocher, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, Cassel Earth and Lead white. The 8″ x 10″ wood panel is 1/8″ Birch. I hung a black curtain in the background and it also helped having a black studio with only once source of light. I don’t have any windows in my studio as I didn’t want any other source of light besides the light above and behind me at about 35 degrees. This helps prevent glare on my canvas. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
Have a wonderful day and Happy Painting!