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Rebecca Finch

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a painting from start to finish

Place   •   Products   •    Process   •   Presentation


Inspiration

It all begins here...or does it? The more I paint, the more I realize that I can’t wait until inspiration hits before picking up those brushes. Yes, there are things I can do to bring on that desire to paint, but that can’t be what determines whether or not I work.  


“Inspiration exists,

but it has to find you working.”

Picasso


This is one of three quotes I keep on my studio wall. Inspiration will come when I get to work.


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Base of Operations

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Still Life Shelves

My husband installed adjustable shelving in three locations of my studio. Being able to adjust the height has been golden for me, and when not in use, I can put them away.

Space Savers

I have a shelving unit just outside the studio where I can store books and still life objects.

A small corner desk is my spot for marketing and graphic design. I’m especially pleased with the brackets used for overhead storage that I plundered from a Circuit City going out of business sale.

Necessities

Black shades help control the amount of light entering the room if I need consistent lighting for a large painting. This allows me to paint day or night. A wall of frame samples helps me easily choose the perfect frame for a completed painting.

Tools of the Trade

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{This section contains affiliate links which may grant me a commission from purchases you make at no additional cost to you.}

Rosemary & Co. Brushes are the absolute best. Each brush is crafted by hand and it’s like working with new brushes every day.

A glass palette is easily cleaned after painting. My taboret holding paints, Gamsol solvent, and brushes is always at my side.

Richard Schmid’s “Alla Prima: Everything I Know About Painting” is never far from my reach. If I could only own one book, I would choose this gem.

I have compiled a grouping of my favorite items on an online Amazon Store.

You can read my personal review on their individual pages.

• Art Supplies

• Art History Books

• Instructional Books

• Art Marketing Books

• Children’s Books

• DVDs & Magazines

Click through to peruse my favorite items.

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My Methods

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“Never knowingly leave anything wrong on your canvas.”

Richard Schmid

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Still  Life

Selection

Lately, you can be somewhat certain about two things regarding still life objects in my paintings: There will be an heirloom or an item of significance or age in the grouping, and there will most likely be something reflective or shiny in the bunch.

What I end up painting is decided in any number of ways: one object that catches my eye, two things near each other, an intriguing color combination or the way the light is streaming into the studio onto an object. But something will no doubt speak and convince me to paint it and off we go, the model and I.

I really should get some help

for the occasional obsessions

I seem to be overcome by.

Pears, shiny things, feathers, keys, Apples, lemons, limes, objects older than myself...

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It may be surprising to know that

it can take hours to set up a still life.

Tangents, rules, highlights, contrast, edges, patterns, shadows,  objects lining up with each other, object height, eye flow, making fabric and ribbon lay just right, lighting placement, mood, & hiding that bad place on the fruit

are just a few things

that must be considered.

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In the Act

Here is a snapshot during the painting of “Petals and Cream” complete with Seneca, remnants of filing work, and a palette full of yummy purples.

{Enjoy painting progression images on the blog}

Painting Methods

I follow the Alla Prima method of painting set forth by Richard Schmid and followed by scores of established artists, today.


Alla Prima essentially means to paint “at once”, direct, or in one session. I bring my painting to finish as I go, starting from the most important objects and finishing loosely with objects that are not the main focus of the painting.


I'm careful paint what I see, not what I think I see or know about an object.



View painting progressions on the blog

to see how I work my way around the canvas.

While observing my still life carefully,

I confidently put down that paint which is

the right temperature, value, edge and shape.

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Home Stretch

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Final Touches

Now I get to dress up my paintings with the right frame choice, a little varnish, a snazzy photo shoot and some online promotion.


it’s not all glitz & glamour

There’s that outdoor photo shoot...

in the snow.

It’s not clean & Brainless

There’s that huge mess

and the agony over making the right choices.

{and for the record, stepping on frame samples might rival Legos}

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When the frames arrive I usually rip into the box

as quickly carefully as possible, rest the frame over it’s life partner and enjoy the sight for a few minutes.  

Even though I use a medium, I also varnish my paintings because

of the richness it brings out. Here, I have made one stroke of varnish over a dried painting. What a difference!

The attention to detail continues onto the back of each painting.

I use heavy duty paper, coated wire, secure hardware and rubber bumpons to the back of each painting.

After all of the hard work,

My son and I deliver the paintings to my gallery







...and he eats their animal crackers, asks for water,

and if there are any more snacks available,

then he enjoys all of the other beautiful paintings there.

{And then, I party}

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Want more?

Enjoy frequent glimpses into the studio on my Blog.

{The Artist’s Studio}

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