Thursday, July 21, 2011
Born with a silver spoon...
I wish that old saying were true, but I can't tell you that it is in my case. The silver I have I had to work hard for. However, I have always loved sterling silver, both when its shining brightly and when it has that gold/umber sheen to it when tarnished.
I have wanted to paint some silver for awhile, a spoon in particular. But wanted to wait til the right piece inspired me. Luckily I have a friend with an antique shop and was able to browse and borrow a few pieces to work with the other night.
This is a study of one of the old spoons I chose, the right done early this morning, back down, the left in the last light of this evening showing the reverse of the spoon. Graphite with a touch of white pastel pencil was used on kraft paper sketchbook and gives that background of gold that comes through as a tarnish that the spoon has.
In a couple of days, I'll work out what I'll do for a composition for them. I'll need to take some photos for reference as I have to return the spoons, but those plus my life sketches will give me enough information to create a painting from I think.