Orchids and Human Head
Oil on Board- 22" x 18" (from Salon d"Arts 2010)
|Daniel Sprick Still Life Setup--Love the wrapped skull!|
Sprick began with an intimate still life arrangement (on top of a sculpture stand) that included several iconic Sprick items such as a skull (which he had wrapped in cellophane) and a single white rose. (Note, shortly after he started painting a summer afternoon storm darkened the natural north light so my pictures are a bit murky.)
To start, he massed in his large shape relationships with a neutral tone relationships on a medium size (12x16 maybe) standard canvas board. I loved his interesting U-shaped composition. And I have to say I was a bit relieved when Sprick noted he might spend several hours if not days fine tuning a single subject such as the skull even though he’s painted it many times. As “daily painter” I couldn’t help wonder what it would be like to concentrate on and perfect a single apple or lemon. Could be an interesting exercise...
|Daniel Sprick Palette|
I half expected a hyper realist painter to be detached, literal, and rigid but Sprick manner was warm, humble, and flexible. At one point he joked that he didn’t care for a certain type of brush because they shed which makes him bristle. Get it? Bristle. Ahh artist humor. At another point, he said he didn’t love the tall green bottle and would likely change the color of it. You can see it's bluer in his painting.
This demo was only a couple of hours so an artist with this attention to finishing detail can’t complete his work but it was still fascinating to observe a master craftsman like Sprick and gain insight into his process. If I ever have the opportunity to take a workshop from him I wouldn't hesitate. For more info about him I recommend this video interview conducted by the Denver Art Museum.