Tuesday, April 28, 2009

"White Study with Mug"

Oil on 1/8" Gessoboard. Approx 6"x6"

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Sometimes you have to go back to the basics. I wanted to do a value study with general light tones while still keep form and dimension to the object.


Dean Grey said...

Ohhhhh, I love this, Mike!

This mug may not have the dramatic lighting and shadows of your other paintings but it definitely has that "Naples Classic Painting" feel to it.

Very soft and subtle and simple in its composition and execution yet it looks like it would've been hard to paint.

The broad brushstrokes on the foreground compliment the smaller ones on the mug.

I love the contrast between the rough painterly brushwork of the mug/backdrop against the smoothness of the coffee (or is it hot chocolate?).

Love the highlights in the mug's inner rim too!

A delicious job!! Ahahaha, get it?


Lauren Maurer said...

wow - this is a great looking cip of coffee! i love the brushstrokes! very nice!

Lauren Maurer said...

wow - this is a great looking cip of coffee! i love the brushstrokes! very nice!

Marian Fortunati said...

I always love your work, but some just strike me more than others.... this is one of them.

Unknown said...

People always down play the importance of value. I'm glad you know how important it is.

Carolyn Finnell said...

I love how the simplicity of the composition plays up the push-pull of warm and cool tones in the whites. There is a surprising amount of color in this.

Anonymous said...

I am admirer of your work and have been checking in on your blog for some time. You seam to have mastered hard and soft edges. This cup has a definite translucent look of porcelain, very difficult to achieve.
Phil Holt

L.Holm said...

Beautiful range of whites. Love it!

KEITH PROCTOR Painting blog said...

Love This

Anonymous said...

Hi Michael,

I was just looking for pictures of crows on the web and your painting popped up. I just wanted to stay a moment and let you know that the art on your blog has literally stopped me in my tracks.

Dan from the UK