I think it is a great start! The nice things about these type of journals is that you can adjust them as you go...some pages will be more creative than others, and some will be a bit plainer...it is up to you!
I really love that you shared the printable burlap sheets! Nice cover!
I hope as the year goes on, that you will share more of your pages and let us know how you are doing with your goals.
The nice thing about oils is that you have time to correct anything...I prefer using a palette knife because of the wonderful textures you can get...I wish I had stuck with it more when I was younger...I really love the advice about using other colors for shadows and light...
edelC--hey, you might have sparked a resurgence to try still life and oils again!
It will be fun to see a progression in technique and a development of your own unique style...very exciting!
Well, we got snow so hubby had to follow his ritual of watching The Shining...without his hat! He did ask me how I was doing...about 1/3 done, I would say...so it might have to be a gift for the early winter in December!
We got a kick out of seeing the carpet now that we know it is going to be a hat...ha ha. (he did spy a few other things that he thought would be good hats...ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!)
lol you are so right Stillatthetop!! They are extremely messy! I use a shoebox lid and then make a paper cone to pour them back into their container...but some still escape! They are a bit pricey to waste.
Excellent point, thisbirdsabsurd! Painting from our own intuition is best...technique and experience and plain old doing it a lot, refines our styles.
I think still life painting is probably the most difficult because it can have a flat appearance. If you go with this style, learning the highlights and shadows are critical. I think you already spotted areas that could be improved, but it is still lovely!
I think the item that throws your painting off for me is the flat blue tablecloth...Your scene is more of a direct, straight angle, looking right at it, but the cloth makes it appear that you are actually looking at a slightly downward angle...so the two don't quite match...not sure if that makes sense or not...the perspectives are a bit off. It is a minor thing, but should you repeat this scene, I would stop the cloth to right below the stem of the pomegranate.
That being said, I think you are on the path to many more paintings! It looks like they will have happy, bright colors, and I do like that blurred style...I can't wait to see more as I think each painting will only be better (if we have to put some sort of qualitative value on them --ick!)...
lol I don't pretend I could do any better, which is why I do not normally do still life...so please, be assured I am only speaking from my own training and experience