Blue Vase

This is oils on stretched canvas, 11×14. I recently got this vase at a thrift store specifically for painting. The dark blue is shiny and the bottom teal is rough. I thought it was a very pretty vase.

I also thought that I would show the setup. I don’t normally like showing my reference, but maybe it will help someone to see that for most painters, you don’t get a photographic likeness. I used to actually get very stressed out and depressed when I could not do that. But, I am now settling into the fact that most do not and that art is the interpretation of a subject, not an exact replica. Even artistic photographs are not exact replicas, they usually are more beautiful than reality. So, this is what I painted from:

I love painting still lifes because there’s a feeling of musical, flowing experience. The drawing doesn’t matter as much – what you’re really after is a feeling of clarity and beauty. — Jacob Collins

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