It has been quite some time since I have painted a still life, so I figured I would. It was fun to do, although the results were not quite what I had hoped for. Non the less it's always nice to be painting.
This is another from the Alchemist series that I have been working on. Above I have included the final painting, along with some images of the different steps that I take on my way to arriving at a finished painting. The Falcon was painted separately and was later added to the finished painting using Photoshop. The value study shown above is when I will decide where the lights and darks will be within the painting and where the shadows will fall upon the figures. The color study, although much more abstract than the finished painting, helps provide me with some insight to how I want to lay in my washes and allows for experimentation with potential color palettes .