Sunday, May 11, 2014

NAGG - Day 8: Still Life

Ahh, you guys! I've been so busy! I'm sorry I've been so sporadic in my posting and that I always seem to be behind. Sometimes I like to take on too many things and then wonder why I'm so tired and don't have time ;) I'm slowly catching up with the NAGG challenge (Mireia has been kicking some booty with her looks!) and today is all about Still Life! 

One of the first images that pops up when you type "Still Life" into google is this FANTASTIC painting by Paul Cezanne and I just love it. So much. That page has been sitting open on my computer for a week and every day I've been wanting to do it. So, I finally made it happen tonight! 
So...still life on your nails is hard! It was tough to figure out the best way to spread out the items on each nail. I also struggled with how realistic to make the painting. I also tend to think of still life only as really crisp and realistic paintings, but this challenge made me realize that that is not the case! I was so excited to find impressionistic styles!
I used a base of Zoya's Noot for this look (one of my favorites) as it seemed to match the background of the painting quite nicely. The artwork is all done with acrylic paints and started by painting the table top. Then, I added in the rough shapes of the cloth, the skull and the fruit in one color. With varying shades of those colors I added details where necessary. 
I'm quite happy with how these turned out! I was worried that I wasn't going to be able to execute them very well, but the impressionistic style lends itself well being replicated since it's not as realistic to begin with. What do you think of this look? 
I'm going to use the next few days to try and get caught back up with the NAGG challenge as well as start posting for the Digital Dozen week that starts tomorrow. We'll see how much I'm actually able to get done! Feeling overwhelmed over here ;) Lots of posts coming soon! 
Happy Polishing :)