Sunday eggs

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Last Sunday I found a little time to paint in between chores. My kitchen window faces north which provides lovely soft, white light on my kitchen counter. Every still life I’ve painted lately has started with me looking down at some food on my kitchen counter, bathed in that light.

There’s something there for me - looking at a single thing on the counter in the light. Maybe something about focus or domestic peace; Not sure. But I keep coming back to it.

I think these eggs will become raw material for another web painting I have brewing in the back of my mind. But for now they’re just eggs.

I found a nice trick for making perfect circles in Procreate. The app has several “airbrush” style brushes. They have hard and soft edges, really similar to the default brushes in Photoshop actually. There is one very large, very hard brush. I simply set the brush size to the size of the circle I need and tap the screen once (with a little pen pressure) and boop! A perfect circle.

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On Instagram someone commented about the chip in the side of the bowl being a nice detail. Of course I chose the bowl with the chip. I spent a few minutes rotating that bowl around so the chip caught the light just so and then sloshing the eggs around so they were in the right spot. That little imperfection seemed to ground the thing in reality, breaking up the perfect roundness of the bowl and the eggs.

Michael Barrett

Tacoma, WA 98402