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May 25th, 2016

Still Life Arrangement of Bottles

Artist: Elaine Hill, United Kingdom
Artist Statement: I work mainly from photographs provided copyright free, from various Facebook sites by generous photographers who like to see what artists create from their photos. This painting is from photographer Ann Traverse and it made me smile as soon as I saw it, a cheerful sight during a rainy couple of weeks.

It’s painted in watercolour in one of my Stillman & Birn journals and I picked the Zeta for the smooth paper. Using a grid method, I penciled in the outline of the flowers and bottles, then I painted in the yellow flowers, the background greenery went in next from a mixture of Indanthrone Blue and Permanent Yellow Deep.

I started on the bottles using light washes of Ultramarine for the blue bottles and Quinacridones Red and Magenta for the pinky red bottles and Permanent Yellow Deep and Quinacridone Red for the scarlet bottle with the big flower.

I put a wash of grey, made from Indanthrone Blue and Quinacridone Burnt Orange, on the blue bottles with the reflections and also on the clear bottle which also had a pale wash of Quinacridone Magenta dropped in. I used a strong wash of Ultramarine to model the tops of the blue bottles and Indanthrone Blue & Quinacridone Burnt Orange for the very dark area of blue glass, making sure to paint round the pattern of reflections. The red bottles had darker washes of Magenta and some of the Indanthrone & Burnt Orange mix. The scarlet bottle had a mix of Magenta & Permanent Yellow Deep used to model the pattern in the glass. Corks were a pale wash of Yellow Ochre with Burnt Orange at the bases and dotted with the grey mixture. Flower stems were a brighter green to reflect that they were plastic. The pink & burgundy flowers were done next with Magenta and a touch of Red and I tweaked the background with a bit more darker green mix to bring out some of the yellow flowers.

I’ve put a border round the painting to finish it off, but not over any of the bottles which I think brings the bottles forward in space and plus, I’ve used it repeatedly throughout this sketchbook giving it a unity.

MEDIA: Pencil and watercolour
SURFACE: Zeta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Smooth Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Elaine Hill is a British artist who enjoys painting predominantly in watercolour in addition to her full time office job. To date, Elaine’s subjects have been mainly close up still life arrangements and animal faces but she is now also expanding her range to include landscapes. She is also starting to work in other mediums such as acrylics, water-mixable oils and pastels. Elaine has exhibited with her art club at Salford Museum and recently carried out a number of private commissions.

Bottles

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