Laurin McCracken presents his art work “Cherries, Silver & Chinese Porcelain”
A meticulous artist
We have always liked and fought to maintain a close relationship with the artists: our goal is to meet their needs. In this way, we are very pleased to receive artwork made with some of our handmade paint brushes.
Artworks created from photos
Laurin McCrackon has sent us the process of creating her new artwork “Cherries, Silver & Chinese Porcelain” a painting created using Daniel Smith Watercolors and Escoda Versatil Brushes. In the following we will show you its step by step development:
1. Photo of the still life setup, cropped for drawing. This is one of many photos taken during the photo session. The fabric and whites are too warm. This was corrected in the process of creating the painting.
2. A detailed drawing was created by projecting the photo onto the watercolor paper using a high-resolution LCD projector. The painting was started with the lightest objects; the Chinese jar and the background fabric.
3. Moving from left to right, the main objects in the back row were painted. Each piece was masked individually. The painting was covered with thin tracing paper and each object was exposed as it was to be painted and the area around it was masked with drafting tape.
4. The foreground fabric was painted next and then the cherries and the crystal bowl. The highlights on all the objects in the painting were masked with Daniel smith Artists Masking Fluid.
5. The last dark object, the silver cup, was painted paying special attention to the reflections in the silver.
6. An underpainting was applied to the background areas before the application of the final black paint. The area below the table was first painted with a Burnt Sienna to harmonize with the table top. The blue underpainting adds life to the blue on the porcelain.
7. The final black of the background is created in one coat. The paint is relatively thick and as it dries it is “scumbled” with an old brush to take away the brush strokes and break up the surface of the paint so that it has a velvet like finish and does not reflect light.
8. The Final Painting – The photo of the painting was taken with a Canon EOS SD5 to create the highest possible image resolution for submission to competitions and publications.