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Smooth Passages

Well, here’s my special painting for today. Actually for yesterday too, the garlic clove to the right being yesterdays production.

To be honest, in general, I find still life painting a bit pointless. Not that I couldn’t admire other people’s skill in such work, it’s probably just that I’m so used to do stuff with some sort of informational purpose. However, for me too, it’s easy to get carried away studying the light and shadows, noticing the details and trying to capture them in a painting. And garlic especially, give’s a chance to paint nice and smooth passages, my favorite thing.

I started this one by painting it in acrylics from (still :)) life, then switched to digital to finish it. I’m not sure if it gives the best quality technically – I have always problems with the reproduction of my traditional paintings – but it’s quite fun mixing the two medias. Color blending isn’t the easiest thing to do in acrylics, it’s like against its nature even when using retarder, and digital painting is pretty much the same, in my mind. Of course, I could use the airbrush tool, but I prefer the oil brush – I think it has more personality just like in traditional techniques. So, if I want a gentle passage from light to dark, changing color at the same time, I have to use very thin layers so that the eye can’t separate the individual brushstrokes more than what is my intention.

By | 2018-01-11T08:59:43+03:00 March 31st, 2015|Categories: Daily painting, Tutorial|Tags: , |2 Comments


  1. Plum Ovelgonne 02.04.2015 at 15:11 - Reply

    Hi Tom,

    I’m love those, you’ve inspired me to have a go at trying to paint with such thin layers and a lot more ‘thinners’ than I would normally use. I’m also fascinated to know that you can so successfully upload a traditional painting made with acrylics and then continue with it digitally. I think I’m going to have a go at doing the same with a photo of an old oil painting. I guess you have to trace the image and pick the colours to match? I let you know how I get on with my garlic cloves, they already don’t stand a chance being as beautiful as yours as the ‘mankie’ old cloves I had in the cupboard are definitely looking a bit past their sell by date! Thank you again for your lovely generosity with sharing your experiences with the rest of us. Hugely appreciated!

    • Tom 03.04.2015 at 00:55 - Reply

      Nice to hear! Yes, you can pick colors from tracing image, even if it doesn’t work so fine all the time, and it can feel rather restless when the color changes by every brushstroke. It’s quite easy to choose the right color from the palette too, and it works better for the passages. Decaying food can make very interesting motifs! Thank you for your comment!

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