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.
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.