I had to go to jury duty this morning- my first time- and I brought my sketchbook with me. I'm a little rusty, drawing from life, but I got a couple of sketches that weren't too bad. We were dismissed at noon but I have to go back tomorrow.
I usually paint still lifes during the day, using natural light. I love the softness of that light but it can be very frustrating, since I don't have a north-facing window and the light changes constantly. Sometimes, as right now, the skylight is covered with snow so it's quite dark even during the day. I did this painting at night with artificial light. I think I may be doing that more often.
Linen is a very expensive surface to paint on, but it's supposed to be the best. So, the other day I was buying art supplies and noticed they had a pad of 6" x 8" gessoed linen, 10 sheets, so I figured I'd try it. This is my first effort.
Roses are difficult to paint but I love them- particularly the strong reds and pinks that define the center. This one actually took several hours to paint because I'd get caught up in trying to paint the petals and realize when I stepped back that I'd lost the big light/dark value pattern. It got scraped down several times.
It's taken a little while to get back to the routine after not painting for a week or so. Washington DC was great, the National Gallery in particular, so many wonderful paintings, and admission is free. Our tax dollars at work!