Buddha, Seashell and Fruit

Here is a still life I painted with an artist friend at her place.  It is an interesting juxtaposition of a large conch shell, a jade buddha statue, and some pears and apples.  I did this in soft pastel.  I used more of a linear approach this time instead of using the side of the pastel stick, and I like the texture.  I accentuated the light by making the darks a bit darker than they actually were.  I also simplified the background by making it abstract.

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“Budhha, Seashell, and Fruit”, soft pastel on pastel paper
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Breakfast at Shaw Coffee Company

I had a marvelous breakfast of quiche Lorraine at the Shaw Coffee Company yesterday with my husband and younger son.  After I finished the quiche, I really liked the way the colorful fruit looked against the whites and grays of the plate, napkins, and table top.  I took a picture of it.  I painted it yesterday and today in acrylics.  I’m very happy, because in the past, I had trouble getting the right values.  Acrylics darken as they dry, so I compensated by adding a little more white to the paint mixtures.

The palette I used was titanium white, cadmium yellow dark, cadmium red medium, quinacridone magenta, dioxazine purple, prussian blue, burnt umber, and phthalo green.  I used Golden acrylics.  I mixed optical darks and grays with the blue and burnt umber.  I got a nice cold bluish gray.  I mixed a speck of yellow into the white to warm it up.

My goal in this painting is not to copy nature, or copy the photo.  I am going into a semi abstract mode here.  I like how the bright colors of the fruit contrast with the achromatic surroundings and background.  The plate, napkins, and table make for a nice abstract pattern of whites, grays, and darknesses.  I’m trying to simplify and eliminate detail.

By the way the fruit was exceptionally good.  The cara cara orange slices have a touch of pink mixed into the orange color, and were so sweet.

Here is a link to the listing in my etsy store.

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Breakfast at Shaw Coffee Company, acrylic on canvas panel, 24″ x 18″