I painted this apple slice about 4 days ago when it was a fresh slice. Upon looking at its shriveled state I thought it was a lot more interesting with the varying textures and the way the outer skin was curling inward on the edges.
Capturing light through a translucent object is challenging. I restricted my use of white in tinting and kept it to the highlights and focused on staying with pure color, out of the tubes, for the main body. I hope this makes sense.
Anyone for a margartini? A shot of tequila, shot of vodka, 1/2 shot of Grand Marnier, shot of O.J., shot of Lemon juice and a shot of lime juice. Toss all ingredients into a martini shaker with a few rocks of ice and shake it like a crack head. Take a few breaths, light up your cigar of choice... or not, then pour contents into a large martini glass and garnish with a slice of lime. Crank up the stereo and cop a squat on your favorite lounge chair.
I started painting this late last night and didn't finish this piece 'til this evening after work. There you go. Cheers!
A bit of the spice and the sweetness. The strawberry actually looks like it is cozing up to the bell pepper. Lot's happening within the red tones which made for a lot of adjustmests in values. I need to buy a few new brushes as the one that I am using are starting to pull thier hairs out. I did do a bit of rub out in the early stages due to the fact that I was not getting the feel of it. It didn't start to come to life until I finally put the highlights in. By then it was all about palette play.
Painting a dark shinny object like a ceramic coffee mug can offer many challenges in what to interpret within its reflections and how to present them on the canvas. Indication is sometimes easier to do and then let the viewers imagination fill in the gaps.
In early 2011, I was in Melbourne, Australia, and took a load of pictures of people doing their thing in the city. It was a hot as blazes kind of day and these two guys, with loaded shopping bags, made for an interesting image as people were exiting the tram. I still try to keep in mind that I need to stay loose on these paintings or they will turn into a five day painting session.