It had been a while since I'd done any Still lifes in oils, so I worked up these two.
I've often find I paint to thick with oils, so I did have to occasionally let these sit for a number of days and revisit them once parts had dried, allowing work to continue. This can be frustrating, but it does gives the final work a very unified look re - thickness of paint.
I tried to keep their colors a little understated compared to some of my 'usual' palette choices. In the first one I used the red in the outlines to create some drama.
Peonies and Pomegranates on bird cloth Oil on board Size 20X43
Peonies and limes on painted box Oil on board Size 18X24
I tried to keep the brush work in this one pretty loose and clumsy, giving the painting a nice energy.
Recently back from my families first vacation to Hawaii. I probably should have done more work while I was away, but instead spent the time snorkeling with my family and enjoying the cocktails. Only later did I start to think about some of the wonderful flora and fauna Hawaii offered, some of the orchids were really fantastic! This painting was worked on back at the studio, but the over-sized exotic bouquet was originally photographed in a cafe that we lunched in twice. I just loved the expanse of foliage beneath the flowers.
I used local fruits to fill out the composition including the Noni fruit, which is a pretty awful tasting fruit, but there are many health claims to it.
The Hawaiian arrangement
Acrylic on board size: 48X28
Detail of Noni fruit
Anyway, it all made for a great painting and I have subsequently wished I'd spent some time gathering reference materials and paintings while on vacation. Perhaps next time?
Here are a couple of paintings from recent weeks. Currently working on a couple of oil paintings; it's been so long since I've done a oil of a still life I feel like I've forgotten how! (results of my efforts soon)
tulips and limes on painted box Acrylic on board size: 36x24
Iris with Papaya and Lemons Acrylic on board size: 48X24