6"x 6" Oil on mounted canvas.
I'm back in my comfort zone and happy. Anything backlit attracts me big time, although challenging , and I've been wanting to paint this still life for a while. Some of my "daily painting" activities involves setting up new still lifes and taking loads of digital photos. They get put away in different files on the Mac and sit waiting until I look through them again. Some evenings when I don't have the time or energy to paint, I 'll go through the many photos and select a few to crop, color correct and ready to use as reference and these few select go into my "Mare's Fix Pix" file. It is very much like cooking up several dishes on the weekend and putting them in the freezer for quick and ready dinners. When I want to paint, I just scan my file and pick out what wows me and get right to painting. This one is a special favorite and I think I was saving it for when I needed a "good" painting. It is good, all good........good color for Halloween too!
November 13... I haven't been painting much but while this piece has remained on my easel I kept seeing things to improve and worked away on making changes for the last two days. I don't know if it is better, but the clementines seemed to grow and I had to change the title to "oranges". hehe This piece really kicked me in the you know where. It was all about getting the values right. The colors didn't really matter but nothing worked without those many value relationships. Good exercise for me.