Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Pink Pears with Leaves


Pink Pears with Leaves
6x18"
Oil
$100
DPW $80

     I work very hard to find fruit with the leaves still on. Adds interest. Pretty.
     I am continuing to work with the warm shadows in a warm painting, but I am also trying to use MORE PAINT! I love the look, but how out of control I feel! With practice should come control, so I do not mind having a few paintings with a chaotic quality. What if I start to like it?


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Rest of the Apple


Sliced Apple
18x6"
Oil 
$100
DPW $80

     Same apple slice as before, but this time I added the rest of the apple and I used my extreme rectangle. I did not know if the orientation would work with the subject at the top of the vertical canvas, but I think it does. In fact, I love it.
     Please see below, the image of the slice from last post. I learned a very wonderful thing and made a change to the painting. I learned that if your painting looks "dirty" check to see if the temperature of your shadow is correct. Mine was cool in a very warm painting and it should have been warm. I warmed it up and it looks so much better.



Friday, September 21, 2012

Apple Slice


Apple Slice
6x8"
Oil
$ 96
DPW $72

     Here is something as simple as can be. I think a slice of apple is pretty and subtly challenging, but it becomes even more so when it sits on the very edge of the table.  I will do more of this type of composition. It creates tension in an otherwise static arrangement. Fun.


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Fig Trio


Fig Trio
6x18"
Oil
$100
DPW $80

     I continue my work with the extreme rectangles. I find the compositions interesting, odd but simple. I am putting very little into the subject matter, freeing myself to invest my effort in the smallest and subtlest details. With these canvasses, I concentrate more on color theory and character of paint in a brief process. This is the idea behind the daily painters: paint small and often and learn.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Another Cherry


Another Cherry
18x6"
Oil
$100
DPW $80

Another cherry from the nearly empty summer box.

Is it as red as the wine-red sea?
Or as red as the cheeks of my beamish boy?

Is it the cherry my mother gave me?
"Don't swallow the seed!" she warned.

It is the cherry I have right now,
As bright  and pretty as a cherry can be,
With its stem reaching over far for something desired
And upward for the thing unattained.



Monday, September 3, 2012

Three Cherries


Three Cherries
6x18"
Oil
$100
DPW $80

     Two neat things: cherries and extreme rectangles.
     When they speak of stepping outside the box, do they mean the traditional rectangle? We already did that with the square, the darling square. Now these extreme rectangles are capturing my heart. I am stocking up.
     Carol Marine paints cherries, cherries, cherries. I can see why. How varied they are in shape, size, color, attitude. I loved painting these and using the complementary green, a color I rarely use much of. See how the red cherries are so at home against the green. They are so strong, the open space on the canvas seems essential to the composition. (That is, if you are thinking outside the box.)