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Christmas Balls in Red Cup

Happy Holidays! As Leonardo da Vinci said, “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” I experimented with PanPastels for the initial drawing…

Christmas Balls in Red Cup, oil on panel, 8x8 inches
Christmas Balls in Red Cup, oil on panel, 8×8 inches

Happy Holidays! As Leonardo da Vinci said, “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” That’s especially true of this painting because the reflections, ridges and facets kept changing appearance as I moved or the light changed, and I could have worked on it forever. I’d planned to post it before Christmas but just couldn’t “finish” in time.

This is another painting (available here) in my “Found and Free” series: both the cup and ornaments were found on walks in “free” boxes set out on the curb.

You’ll see in the steps below that I was experimenting with using Panpastels and Sofft Tools to do the initial drawing on my panel. They are amazing: the pastels go on smoothly like paint but are completely erasable with any eraser and disappear into the oil paint so there’s no fixative required.

Below are photos of the work in progress.

11 replies on “Christmas Balls in Red Cup”

Thanks Lisa, The whole time I was working on it I kept thinking how much more fun and how much easier it would have been to do it in watercolor! I might just have to do it again in watercolor! Jana

On Sat, Dec 27, 2014 at 6:33 PM, Jana Bouc, Artist wrote:



I loved this one. I remember these ornaments from when I was a child. Your really caught that kind of magical glow they had in the lights of the Christmas tree. Also the cup in your picture has that total feeling of a ceramic – I felt like I could just reach out and feel that cool surface. Nice contrast – the soft magical glow of the ornaments and the clear hard colors of the ceramic cup! – Chris


Thanks Chris! It was a tough one–so glad what I was trying to convey came across. Thanks for taking the time to comment! Jana

On Sun, Dec 28, 2014 at 5:25 AM, Jana Bouc, Artist wrote:



Gracias Paty! Yo estaba en Guadalajara en 1974 cuando la ciudad era muy hermosa pero muy tradicional. Estoy seguro que ahora es moderno y excitamente. Lo siento si mi Español es muy pobre! Jana

On Tue, Dec 30, 2014 at 10:16 PM, Jana Bouc, Artist wrote:



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