Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Still Life with Chinese Tile

I had a really hard time setting this one up. I wanted to direct light from the top left of the composition to the bottom right and really emphasize the vertical orientation. Since a lot of the composition is in the dark, I wanted to soften the edges in the dark parts and sharpen them in the lighted areas. Finally I wanted to emphasize the highlights on the fruit to show the path of the light.

Despite the fact that it took so long to set up and paint, it was fun painting this one. The Chinese text was really challenging to draw and render because the light caused a subtle change in value, so it wasn't entirely black in some areas.

Please feel free to comment.


  1. Beautiful work Richard. Luscious! Do you happen to know the translation for the Chinese writing?

  2. Hi Barbara,

    I don't know what it means. I saw it in a Chinese food restaurant and asked the lady at the counter about it. She did say what it meant, but I've forgotten what she said.

    Thanks for commenting :-)

  3. The lighting is beautiful! Bravo to you in using the light as an accent. It really creates a mood to your piece. Beautiful.

  4. This is lovely! I really enjoy seeing your still lifes. Are they pastels? Oils?

  5. man, you are good. love the contrasting lighting. You blow me away partner. Keep Art Alive.