Wednesday, March 4, 2015

FRESH FRUIT

I’ve just finished a new painting which I’d like to show off.  I recently purchased a graniteware colander on EBay and decided to use it as a prop for a still life.

I filled the colander with fruit and placed it on our dining room table on a sunny morning.

 I took some reference photos, made some preliminary sketches and finally settled on this composition.

 The next step was to add more detail and some shadows.

 I forgot to take pictures of the stages that brought the work to this conclusion.

 I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out.  It is available for purchase on my Etsy Shop, Watercolors by Leenie. 


I’m not through with playing with the colander and the fun shadow it casts.  Now I’m working on painting a picture of it full of eggs.  I’m finding them to be difficult subjects even though they hold very still.  Trying to make a smooth transition from shadow to highlight is really scrambling my brain.  Maybe I shouldn't put them all in one basket.

10 comments:

joeh said...

I thought the first picture was pretty good, but it just keeps getting better.

I can see how someone with an eye for such things can have fun with those interesting colonder shadows

Pearl said...

Gorgeous. :-) You have such talent!

Pearl

Joanne Noragon said...

I agree, the colander is too neat to use for colandering.

Joanne Noragon said...

PS--lovely picture

Linda Sue said...

I am so simple, I rather like the first photo best...My tiny brain can actually take that one in, The final deal is so utterly perfect that I.Just.Can't...

Val said...

You even made that lemon look desirable.

Terry and Linda said...

You are an outstanding artist!

Linda ♪♫❤
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Jenny Woolf said...

That is so interesting, seeing how you build the image up.

Stephen Hayes said...

I love the way you use bold colors and simplify forms. Your paintings are rich and well-constructed.

laura.forestdreams:) said...

wow! you are good!!!
simple but full of detail. love the shadow...with the tiny colander holes.love the colors!
the eggs would look really cool in the colander too.
i like anything stone. a graniteware colander?? nice.