Thursday, September 6, 2012

Figs (no.85)

8" x 7.75" x 3/4", oil on masonite


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I found these while at a farmer's market in Belmont, MA and thought they would be good opportunity to move away from my usual muted palette and experiment with color.  They were one crate I picked out of many, and forthcoming pieces will also feature flowers and fruit/vegetables from this visit.  

Some of these colors, namely cadmium yellow and cadmium orange, had dust on them and the linseed oil had become unbound from the pigment and leaked out the sides (from non-use).  Another great reminder of why I find importance in this exercise: I am unafraid to try colors that haven't even once appeared in older conceptual pieces.  Not that I didn't still feel self conscious about using these rainbow colors, but it was lot of fun.  

The figs themselves were extremely difficult to paint and required a lot of slowing down when I got frustrated and carefully planning each stroke until I felt comfortable again (a helpful technique I picked up from a fellow painter Simon Shawn Andrews in a recent blog post about crashing and burning, and pacing yourself to avoid it).  They share the frosted characteristic of the skin of plums but are a more grey-blue hue, and the challenge was using alot of white to give them that frosted look while maintaining the underlying form and making sure they didn't fall flat.  Did I succeed at this?  I don't know, that's for you to decide.  I've been staring at it so long I can barely recognize them as fruit anymore.

This is how it would look framed (actual painting does not include frame):

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful color- yes it is brighter but still has your subtle touch- and original composition. You are such a good painter!