Paintings 23&24

Hello everybody, for those of you who celebrate, I hope you had a great Christmas! Here are paintings 23 and 24:

#23 “Abundance”, oil on birch panel, 5″x7″
img_4420In light of all the festivities and food, I thought it would be fitting to do a painting of food. In this case, some delicious grapes and figs. I tried harder to be looser in this piece. It is apparent in the rendering of the cut figs. Other than the looseness of the figs, I don’t know if I like this piece that much. I’m afraid it looks like those typical still life ensembles with a bunch of food items and a jug or some other dinnerware thrown in. I don’t know why but I don’t like still lifes with more than a handful of items. It looks too busy and cluttered to me.

#24 “Study of A Happy Pig”, oil on birch panel, 5″x7″
img_4421This is a painting that I altered from the reference photo with a dark background. I don’t know if I like it or not. But, I can’t get over what I perceive as a smile on the pig’s face. The one thing that I do like about this piece is my treatment of the edges. I tried something new and loosely blurred the edges. I think it produced an interesting effect. Especially where the grain of the panel shows through.

I hope you enjoyed Christmas and all went well. I enjoyed this Christmas for all the usual reasons but also because it was my only day off from painting this month! It was a welcomed break. I will be resuming painting today and persevere for the final stretch this week. Six more to go!

Wishing you a great week.

 

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Paintings 19&20

Hello everyone, I hope your week is going well. Below are numbers 19 & 20:

#19 “Tomatoes Study”, oil on birch panel, 4″x4″
img_4403I am very happy with the way the tomato flesh turned out in this one. It’s really difficult to get the exact colour of something and also convey its solidity or translucency. In this case, I was able to get the smooth skin and solid orangey-red of the tomato flesh. I am also happy about the bluish-green of the stem.

#20 “Pair”, oil on birch panel, 4″x4″
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By the way, the title of this piece is not a typo😊. I guess I had to do a pear at some point. These are Bartlett pears which I’m not fond of eating, but painting them was fine. The bright colour scheme in this one is a departure for me. I like the solidity and the weight of fruit in this piece.

I can’t believe this weekend is going to be Christmas! I’m still behind with the preparations! And I’ve got 10 more paintings to go! I have to tell you, I’ll be relieved when this challenge is over.

Keeping sane,

Jeannette

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