Friday, December 16, 2011

"One Apple, and One-Half of a Pair of Pears"

So I have decided to try some oil painting. This pear and apple are two of my first attempts since pretty much forever, well, I may have done some oil painting in a college class.  I think that class might have been about a hundred and fourteen years ago and I just don't remember. 

Although, wait, I do remember a headless nude, about 8x10, sitting on my parents' mantel for a while.  They never said a word about it though, so I guess they were into fine art, like me, yeah, that's it. I think actually it was just me pushing the limits some just to see what they would say; and they said nothing, I took it as approval. Ya think?

Why was she headless, my painting's nude figure??  The face was just too hard to do, so I left it off.  The figure was sitting, I think on a bench, or where a bench would have been, and her legs may have been crossed, and she had no head.  Hmmmmm, I guess I did do oils in that class; and that's why I have taken so long to mess with them here because they were difficult to work with. 

I had a lot of trouble with the pear (both in the painting of it and the posting of it here!), in fact, this is the 3rd, or maybe even the 5th, attempt.  Finallyust painted the whole thing black and started over with a large brush and some yellow, white, green, red, and blue paint. Still not what I had in mind, but it's acceptable, to me.

I really like the apple.  Someone on Facebook made the comment that she wished she just "find one that looked that good in the grocery store."  Ok!!

oil on 5x7 canvas panels 


8 comments:

  1. Wow. I'm floored. They're awesome!

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  2. After 114 years,it must be time for you to go back to using oils. They are so well done!

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  3. You've come a long way since your headless nude, I thought the apple was a photograph, well done!

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  4. Very strong, and very vivid! I like them and you gotta do more of these!

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  5. I, too, thought the apple was a photo at first glance. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  6. Your apple looks delicious and so realistic.

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  7. I love the pear - i love paintings where you can see the brushstrokes, and so bold and confident too, and still capture the shape and weight of the pear.

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