Monday, January 28, 2013

Japanese Teapot

This little aluminum teapot has been around the studio for awhile now. I had been thinking and toying around with a larger composition for it. But I just seemed to keep coming back to the simple statement of the pot.

The unique shape and great surface gives this little object a lot of character.
That's what influenced me to pick it up at a yard sale in the first place, so I figure I need to go with that first impression.

The only way to evolve as a painter is to recognize those first impressions, that initial inspiration that made you say, this I must paint.

Japanese Teapot - Oil on panel - 8x10 -  Available

"Paint a little less of the facts, and a little more of the spirit." 
                                                                              --Harvey Thomas Dunn (1884-1952)

The Sketch - Lay In


Color pass

Explore - Question - Learn - Enjoy, Jim


  1. That's beautiful, Jim! (And I love the aftermath! ahahha!)

    1. Thank you Karen, Funny how things just seem to accumulate on my work table.

  2. Beautifully rendered! Thanks for posting your process.

    1. I love the process.
      Edges, edges, edges has been my recent motto.
      I believe the pieces success is because of that.
      Thanks you.

  3. Beautiful, I like the disposition-composition of the teapot.

    1. I think the large negative space makes it work.
      It is just a nice little object to paint, hard to go wrong with it.
      Thanks for your comment.

  4. Hello Jim I too love the composition very nice.
    I wonder about your wooden palette is it one you made and about your colours on the palette what they are

    1. Hi Rene,
      The palette is I believe a William Alexander palette that I bought several years back, the markings have been rubbed off but I am pretty certain that is what it. It was the only large studio palette I could find at the time. I really like it.

      The color palette is a variation of my earth tone palette with two higher chroma colors.
      Flake White, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Red, Burnt Sienna, Venetian Red, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Umber

      You can see more about my color palettes here.

  5. Well done Jim! Thanks for the progress shots too.