tags: contemporary realism - still life painting - Zippo lighter - 5x7 - daily painting - oil painting
A Vintage Light
oil on canvas panel
Yep...it's another from the weekly challenge paintings from the Daily Paintworks, this week hosted by Michael Naples: the Zippo Challenge. The challenge was to use burnt sienna, ultramarine blue and white to paint this vintage Zippo lighter. I altered the format and experimented with different crops, being mindful to not repeat intervals and paying attention to values.
The easy part was matching the variants of gray using just the BS and UB; the hard part was getting those details down correctly. I'm actually surprised I was able to do this alla prima and not have it be a smeared mess, especially since I've never attempted to paint anything quite so detailed in oils before.
I freehand sketched this on the canvas with a pencil yesterday, but did double-check measurements with a ruler just to make sure, and then adjusted shapes and lines as I went along with the paint. This makes me want to do more still life paintings of shiny things!
Apologies for the reflective glare...I really need a polarizing filter for these wet paintings, especially when they are taken inside.
This afternoon's sky - sweeping cirrus clouds: