Monday, February 28, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
February 21 marks the one year anniversary of this blog. I have posted 127 paintings (this makes 128), most of them created during this year. I think that the work of frequent painting has made me improve. I can see mistakes more quickly and have a clearer vision of what will make a good painting. I'm still working on simplification, lost edges, and broad interesting brush strokes (as opposed to multiple tight fussy brush strokes).
This is an example of an extremely simple composition, but with a nice dynamic balance. The onion is slightly off center, and the flag of the stem gives it a nice diagonal push. I've lost an edge in the shadow of onion and I've softened the edge in the foreground where the still life material drops over the edge of the table. I enjoy the simplicity of the complementary red/green color scheme. There is a bit of reflected light in the cast shadow, on the underside of the onion and in the stem. And I like how the onion has light-struck warm areas and shadowed cool areas; the onion is not just red--it moves from red orange to red purple, echoing the gradation of the shadowed background which goes from cool dark green to warmer lighter green.
Thanks to all the people who look at my blog.. I appreciate your comments and opinions.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
The limited palette emphasizes the color of the persimmons I liked the chunky leaves -very sculptural. They were dark and very neutral in color and even the light areas were not very light. It was fun trying to paint them without being too tight.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
And thank you to those of you who look at my entries.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
These persimmons have been sitting on the counter for weeks, waiting to ripen. All of a sudden they were past ripe and turning to mush, so it was time to paint or throw them out. I really like the thick sculptural leaf and chunky stem at the top of each fruit. I think the persimmon in shadow makes a nice contrast to the light struck fruit.