Jug and Candle – Daily Painting

Jug and Candle – watercolor on paper

What a week – busy on all fronts, from doing an illustration project for a client (oil painting to be posted soon) to a sudden out of town business trip. The night before my Saturday watercolor class I had barely enough time to set up a quick still life to paint from. I am so used to painting in color that I am definitely out of my comfort zone working in black and white. No matter, I’m happy to do it. Next week some of us who are a bit more experienced are assigned to do another one of these studies and bring it in matted, along with several practice landscapes.


  1. Renate
    February 4, 2007

    It looks great. I like all the reflections.

  2. Casey
    February 5, 2007

    The candlestick absolutely glows – even without color!

  3. andrea
    February 5, 2007

    It’s lovely and serene Karen. The first moment I saw this series of objects I thought ‘peace’. Don’t know why.

  4. hfm
    February 5, 2007

    Karen, a very good one. I’m now attending watercolors classes for beginners, obviously, today I have put one at my blog.

  5. Linda
    February 5, 2007

    Karen — what a great watercolor value study this is! That is something I’ve not done — the value study in watercolor (I always use pencil / marker). This is really super!

  6. wagonized
    February 5, 2007

    I love your treatment of black and white. The shiny spot on the jug drew me in. Beautiful!

  7. wendy
    February 5, 2007

    I bet you were itching to use colour on those familiar objects so it was a good task to only use black and white. Like others have said, the reflections are great.

  8. Karen
    February 5, 2007

    Wendy, yes I was definitely chomping at the bit. I SO wanted to use color, especially on the sunflower, but you gotta play by the rules. But nothing says I can’t paint it again in color – in watercolor or oil, maybe both. Thanks to all who commented

  9. jules
    February 12, 2007

    Karen I love these black and white studies that you have done – beautifully ‘contrasty’. They appeal to me in the way that Black and white photos do. Somehow you look at the subject in a different way when viewing the black and white painting or photograph than you would if you were seeing it in colour. Jules

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