ART BLOG article
Coffee, With Her
As I set out to make a painting to go with this month’s new blog, Everyone Is Creative, I thought of the Bennetts, a husband and wife team, making a bold move, roasting coffee and making jams, together, starting a business… What could I paint? I searched the internet for anything that could spark an idea. And I came across this quote by Johnny Cash:
It was his description of paradise.
What a perfect quote to be incorporated into my painting about Mark and René Bennett.
I started by setting up many still lifes for this painting:
And I decided on this one:
Here is the initial layout:
I collaged the quote:
Here’s the process… I always keep a black and white copy of the image so I can check the values:
And then I take a picture of my painting and convert it into a black and white copy to compare it to the image to check the values:
I always turn my painting to the side or upside down to check the shapes, negative shapes and proportions:
And here is the final piece. I went back over the words of the quote to darken them, make them more clear:
“Coffee With Her” 20 x 16 x 1 inch, mixed media on cradled panel, $400 ©Annie Salness