You must be wondering where on earth the telephone is in this painting! Well, I put telephone in the title because this little still life reminded me of the telephone game we all played when we were kids. I started with the setup shown below, and painted it in a very restrained, realistic fashion. Then I used the second painting as a reference for the third painting, but I painted this version in a very impressionistic method. Interesting to see the evolution from beginning to end, I think.
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I painted the last version as part of a demo for the Barrington Cultural Arts Council yesterday. We discussed the differences in approach and technique for traditional paintings and impressionistic ones. We covered everything from new colors in toning the canvas to painting with broken color and losing edges. Great questions from the participants and a few good laughs made for a very enjoyable afternoon! Thank you BCAC!