Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Apple and Book

Oil on Canvas 14"x11"
I had this antiquarian book on painting and decided to capture the worn look and the slightly beveled edges on the paper. The apple is a classic prop, perhaps next time I'll take a bite out of it. I like this book so much I'm going to be using it for a while in my paintings.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Workin' Boots

Oil on Canvas 10"x10"
I've had these boots in the closet for years and they caught my eye. They have seen a lot of beach time and the salt water has taken its toll. The texture and the contrast between the rubber toes and the rawhide made the painting a lot of fun to work on.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Avocado Study

Oil on Canvas 10"x10"
This is a one day painting. In this piece I was after texture, both in the avocado and in the background.

Pepper with Onion

Oil on Canvas 10"x10"
This is a one day painting, my goal was to get the basics and not be too fussy. Red on a dark background always grabs my eye, and I enjoy working with those colors.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Red, Green and Yellow

Oil on Canvas 22"x28"
This is a work still in progress. In this piece, I wanted to emphasize the shadows, to make them an important part of the image. In intense summer light, the shadows are crisp, and fairly dark, giving a high contrast. I'm playing with composition as well, cutting off the basket and having it come into the painting, actually enhances the roundness of it. I've done a few fruit bowl paintings and in the past I loaded them up, but in this one I was after a sparcer, airier look, working in negative space to make the image more interesting. Since the basket and the fruit is fairly textured, I thought that a simple, flat, ground would set everything off. I hope you agree.