Friday, May 30, 2008


8x8 inch original oil painting

In addition to painting outdoors on location (en plein air) I also greatly enjoy painting interesting still life arrangements in the studio or outdoors in sunlight. I set up this composition in my back yard. The direct sunlight on the oranges brought out the brilliant colors of the fruit.

I always begin a painting by asking myself what made me want to paint the subject and what I want to express about it. In this case, the COLOR is what excited me, and that’s what I wanted to emphasize.

Next I ask myself how I can make the ordinary become extraordinary. I felt the bold, free brushwork made this piece come alive. To see what I mean, click the image for a larger view.

I was quite pleased with how this piece turned out; hope you like it too. If you would like it on your wall, email me at and we can arrange it.

Thanks for looking. Scroll down on my blog to see more paintings.

Today’s thought to smile about:
Fresh oranges!


Blogger Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I like it.
I also over complicate when trying to create an interesting background. I can see here that it isn't necessary.

7:02 AM  
Blogger DIANE TASSELMYER said...

I really like the purple with the orange. And oranges are a California fruit. right?!

10:45 AM  
Blogger Ann Reyes said...

Very nice!!! It has beautiful colors!

2:39 PM  

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