Still life in the kitchen

The weather wasn't great at the start of this week so it made sense to paint indoors instead. A few spring flowers had sprung up in the garden so I decided to keep it simple and paint a little posey in a jug. The light coming through the kitchen window was good enough to create some interesting shadows and lines so I decided to set up there. 

I wanted to keep it loose - I always tighten up when I paint in doors (old studio habits die hard!) so I really made an effort to work quickly and keep the pressure on. I actually ended up painting two - the first I spent a few hours on (probably too long in all honesty) and while I am pleased with it, I think I should have kept the composition simple - I had too many flowers in the jug and for me it became a little muddled. Plus the hellebores and narcissi moved constantly - I wasn't expecting this! But the narcissi in particular did a complete 180 while I was painting, so I'm probably guilty of chasing the composition instead of sticking to what I put down first. 

 'Hellebores and narcissi' | oil on panel | 8x10"

'Hellebores and narcissi' | oil on panel | 8x10"

I felt like I wanted another crack at it, so rearranged the composition after I picked the kids up from school and gave myself an hour. I changed vessel too to one I had painted successfully before. I really tried to be economical with the brush and I feel happier with this painting. I like the dimensions of the board with it too. Or maybe it was the light? It was softer as we came into late afternoon. I really liked the reflection of one of the hellebores in the window too.

 'Hellebores' | oil on panel | 5x10"

'Hellebores' | oil on panel | 5x10"