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Valentines Day

February 14, 2010

Apples 3, Oil on Canvas 8" x 10"

Happy Valentines Day. Greetings from the colder north. Back to low teens and single digits. Hey – Al Gore and all you liberals, where’s all that global warming?

I read an article in the newspaper yesterday about a rare phenomenon that occurred at the end of last week. On Friday, at least traces of snow were evident in 49 of the 50 states. The only state that did not have snow was Hawaii. The more unusual part is that Hawaii has a volcano with an elevation in excess of 30,000 ft.  Snow is generally present at the higher elevations. Not this day.  It is an upside down winter. A snow festival in Maine was canceled due to a lack of snow and they are having to manufacture snow for the outdoor events at the Vancouver Olympics.

Expanding on the theme of still life paintings, I played with adding elements to my works. On Thursday, I added pears and a bowl to my apples and on Saturday, I used the striped cloth with the apples. The tough part of the latter work was working the element of reflective light. From where I am set up, the towel stripes reflect off of the bottom part of the apples. As I paint what I see, it does not feel right, I have doubts that it will look right. But that is what I see.  As I stand back and look at the painting, it works. According to Richard Schmid, if you have to decide to paint what you see or what you know, paint what you see and it will work out alright. I agree.

On Apples 3, I used Permanent Blue and Alizarin Crimson for the background. The table was painted using Permanent Blue, Cadmium Orange and a few touches of Cadmium Yellow Deep. The apples were painted using Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson and a few touches of Cadmium Lemon.

Apples and Pears, Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"

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