Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Cherries

I just completed one of the more difficult paintings I've done... ever. I have a few theories as to why it was so blasted hard: 1- I wanted to try out acrylics since I haven't for a while. I have gotten so used to the juiciness of oil paints that the acrylics just seemed dry. 2- I painted on paper. That was a bad idea from the beginning. Add to the dryness of the paints the dryness of the painting surface. 3- I have a lot of other things I should be doing but decided to paint instead. My focus was just not here. 4- There are a lot of colors in these little fruits. I was wanting to paint and get it done quickly so I could get on to other things, but I kept finding little flecks of blue or bits of yellow or green that needed to be in there. I don't think I would call this painting done, but I have to be done for now.

This painting is for the Rookie Painter online painting challenge. I think I've participated in it just a couple of times. Since the dissipation of the Different Strokes blog I am having a hard time painting as much as I should. But, I liked this photo and thought I'd give it a try.


Cherries
7.5 X5.5
acrylic on watercolor paper

8 comments:

Julie Beck said...

this came out lovely! i just started doing the rookie painter challenge as well. it's so neat to see how all these artists interpret it. i love your cherry colors!

Paula; The Parent Trapped said...

I never would have guessed you don't usually work in acrylics. Your colors are deep and intense, and the details look seamless, though I can guess how hard they were to get right! I love the chunky background, and the frayed stems. It's all just gorgeous.

Sheryl said...

I love the way it looks like the cherries might be thinking about dancing.

suzanneberry said...

I love this! I love the look the paper gives the acrylic, I think it's so successful. The atmosphere around the fruit is key, your treatment of the background is stunning. Perfectly done.

thank you so much for your kind comments on Male 1. I just saw them today.

Dusty Pines said...

i really like the way you did the background & also the surface the cherries are on - and the colors you chose for them - just great!

Van Marciano Art said...

Lovely shading the cherries do look pretty seductive in this piece i love that, keep it up.

flatterland said...

I dig it! Great light.

Ann Marie said...

think this came out great - love the colors