OK, here are several of my tabletops from this past year. Even though the first one is shot in water and not exactly on a tabletop, I used the same methods.
Not too sure where this idea came from - perhaps a dream.
Grapes and Roman head - this may appear dark on your screen but in print it looks more what I was going for and that's a 17th century still life, with a dark thick impasto.
Another attempt at a dark thick painting style quite common in the 17th century particularly among the Bolognese and Emiliano painters of Italy. The Po River Plain style is another inspiration.
For a reference you may want to look at the works of Aniello Ascione (1680-1708)
One thing they all have in common is the dark almost black background which is something attributed to Caravaggio - this "scuro" background that allowed the "chiaro" to be front and center influenced many painting styles in Italy.
All images ©2015 Andy deBruyn For prints please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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