Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Orange and Brandy Bottle

Orange and Brandy Bottle

This is the latest larger piece I've been working on.  I had been wanting to do a "focused light" sort of set up, and the peeled orange with the copper pot reflecting it back allowed me to really put all the light in that one area.  The brandy bottle had such a pretty label and shape, it seemed like a good addition also. I've been unable to get really good  photos lately. For one thing, my "good" camera broke, and I only have a small digital.   Secondly, I like to photograph in natural light, because I paint in natural light.   Our downstairs has huge windows (passive solar) and there is so much light bouncing around that it's impossible to avoid glare, or it sure seems that way.
Though it doesn't show much in this poor photograph, I've been trying to change up the brushstrokes, loosen up, and use variation of paint application. There's both transparent paint and impasto. Plus some knife work here and there.
The 120 painting project is ongoing.. I'm on #9 now, and enjoying the fun of cranking out a small study every day as a way to warm up and get my brain in gear.   Plus it allows me to practice and experiment with some different ways of doing things.  Some of these will be for sale and will be on my main website.
Here's the latest in the series.. and yes, that is probably the same orange as in the painting (the one that's not sliced, silly) Here's the link to the 120 paintings blog.


Judy said...

I'm joining your challenge--am up to 6. I commented on the 120 blog, but don't know if it went through.

I'm wondering how you lit this set-up--if it's lit this way or did you just use that artist's license? Could you show a pix? I struggle with this--


Deb said...

Yay, Judy!!! It's going to be fun! I love the last one on your blog!! That salt shaker is a gem!

Olga said...

This is lovely. So, we didn't talk at Grand Canyon...but I am thinking of one painting appropriate for the kitchen/dining area may be 10x16, and one of nature/mountains somewhat bigger. I'll keep browsing and see if the connection strikes:) Nothing at the store comes close for sure, Deb, you are great.