Oil Painting: Toast for Breakfast

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Oil painting of toast breakfast dish by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

In the fall of 2017, I took my first ever oil painting class as part of my MFA in Illustration with the Academy of Art University.

Needless to say, I had never oil painted anything in my life before the class.

But since having taken the class, I’ve become kind of obsessed, but I digress (and will share more about my oil painting medium love in a future post).

This painting was done for a still life assignment.

Our class had to paint an object with a reflective light on it, hence why the knife takes center stage here.

While far from perfect, for not having painted much of anything before this class, this came out much better than I had hoped.

Thinking back on it ….

Looking at it now, there are some definite tweaks and improvements I could make to it but overall, I’m pretty happy with how this turned out!

What do you think?

~ Enjoy! 

Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

Still Life Sketch Drawings: Vintage Bottles

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Vintage bottle sketch drawings for still life

Still life thumbnails

I just found these 5-value thumbnail sketch drawings in an older sketchbook I had misplaced at some point last year.

These were some of my visual ideas for a vintage bottle-themed still life oil painting I was working on for a grad school assignment. The instructor at the time, however, felt I needed to use much simpler objects.

As a result, none of these still life drawing ideas ever materialized beyond the sketch phase.

Still, I like to look at these thumbnails from time to time and am so glad I rediscovered them.

~ Enjoy! 

Mayra Ruiz-McPhersonVintage bottle sketch drawings for still life