I am almost finished with the painting of wooden spools. Yesterday, I changed the drab background with a more sensuous color of Turquoise, my personal power color. The series of photos will follow my progress on the painting from beginning to end. Most of my still lifes are my personal collection of objects given to me by my great-grandmother and grandmother. In this still life, my mother gave me some of the spools and I added to the arrangement with my collection. The white wood background is an old telephone niche used in many old houses during the early 1920s.
This is the detailed drawing on drawing paper with graphite pencil. My still life set ups challenge to draw from sight. I usually draw the same dimensions as the set up. If the object is 20″ high, I will draw it 20″ high. I have cherished drafting tools I use to aid me with my drawings. I am very dilligent about making all the lines, circles and ellipses accurate. Some of my drawings are more detailed than this drawing, but I have all the basic information I need.
Now the drawing is transferred to the linen canvas. I transfer the drawing with an earthtoned watercolor pencil on the canvas. The pencil will blend in with the paint.
The drawing is now on the linen canvas and I will recheck all my lines and alter any of the drawing.
This is the underpainting before I add all the details. Notice the still life set up in the background.
Here is the finished painting. It will need to dry before the varnish layer is added. The varnish will bring out all the subtle earth colors and also protect the painting.