I like the conflict of geometry here, the circular table and rug pushing against the square angles of the background drape. Round against Square.
The painting proved a challenge to photograph accurately. I feel the red rug is actually a little deeper, with a slight purplish tinge. I think the photograph often struggles with the subtleties or red and warm ranges. It's one of those paintings that really shows well in person, but I know I'm biased.
Delphinium, fish & Oranges
40X30 Acrylic on wood
Here are some stages of the paintings progress -
The 'block-in', out line stageYou'll notice I originally intended just one fish on the plate, and this was nearer the jug. Once I moved to the color plan stage, I began to feel the fish was too centrally placed in the picture. So I slightly off-set it, and added a second fish. I needed additional fruit placement on the left to balance out the change.
The color planThe proposed colors of the final painting. These quick color studies guide me as I complete my final painting.
The under paintingUnder painting colors are chosen in reference to the final color plan. Both complimentary and secondary colors are used.
First pass on most colors.Still some refining and re-tuning of colors where needed. Notice how the tone of some elements changed, - such as the rug and flower pot.