I’ve been watching some art videos lately and was inspired to approach this still life a bit differently. I premixed my paint for the most part rather than mix as I go along and I blocked in color all over the canvas before finishing any one area. I’ll continue this my next painting—seems to keep my colors cleaner and see my all important values better.
Aren't black grapes beautiful? Every now and then there is one with a little rose blush and the blue highlights that skim over the surface of all was a fun challenge. I am always learning how to depict new subjects––I will never run out of things to paint!
This commission really took me back to my illustration days. The client conceptualized the "story" and suggested the layout/design. She wanted to capture memories of the skiing breaks with her grandkids as they enjoyed their favorite snacks. The hardware on the table is painted from the provided photo of an actual lodge table they frequent but the snow is artificial. A really cute idea for a still life and I hope she loves it!
Yes, I did eat the props and Skittles are NOT on my current diet!
6"x 8"x 7/8" Oil on linen mounted on cradled wooden panel
Yesterday I finished the companion piece to a still life painting of plums. The collector wanted strawberries to pair with the 6"x 8" plums and I think she will love it! I've included a photo of both in my drying box so you can see how they appear together. I'm wanting beach weather to return!! so I'm itching to paint a beach scene next. I have some reference photos taken in November when folks were still wearing swimsuits. Stay tuned....
Strawberries are abundant this year from California and Florida. They are such a beautiful fruit to paint and I improve my technique each study I do. Those seeds and highlights are time consuming but therapeutic due to my love of detail. As the set up aged the aroma of strawberries filled my studio and these were as sweet as they look, yum!
Plums and pears are my favorite fruits to paint. I just love the challenge of painting that blue haze that floats on the surface of Plums. This painting on my iPad loses the cool blue of the background. Lately I’ve been frustrated with the inconsistency of colors from one device to another. On my phone the blues are true. My recent honey jar was the worst, colors appear different on phone, iPad, computer and eBay listing!
I’m excited to say that this painting sold within 4 minutes of being posted on FB! Fastest sale ever!
I had a great day in the studio with this little painting. It just seemed to paint itself probably due to the great subject and the interesting glow from the backlighting. Orange paintings are favorites with my collectors and I feel this one may be a hit.
This jar of honey containing the honeycomb was purchased over two years ago with the intention of painting it. I refused to open it until ready to paint! So glad I saved it for I do believe it provided a worthy subject for a little painting. I love the warmth of that translucent reddish sticky sweetness!