This is an egg from my pet chicken, Namie, and crumpled wrapping tissue paper. This is my entry for this week's Daily Paintworks Challange which is about doing a painting with crumpled paper. I crunched up so many types and colors of paper, before I settled with this combination. My studio space looked like a classic office scene of a struggling writer with a bunch of typing papers scattered on the floor. I wanted to include an egg (or something other than the paper), and that made things more complicated.
I like how versatile and interesting the tissue paper is when crumpled for still life painting, especially with an egg. It's been always a challenge to paint something round on the flat surface. I've used paper clips, tooth picks, etc. to stabilise the egg in the past. With wrapping tissue paper, I have more control, and make the background more interesting at the same time. I also found it easy to manipulate the composition; I can start painting as I see through viewfinder, and edit the position and size of the folds of paper. That's a great advantage of oil painting.