Late Summer Tomatoes, 36 x 30 inches

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Late Summer Tomatoes

In the exuberance of the growing season, late summer tomatoes harvested and still warm from the sun are one of my favorite reasons to garden.

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Framed Painting
{36″ x 30″ – oil on linen}
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Creative Process: Late Summer Tomatoes

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Creative Process: Late Summer Tomatoes, 36 x 30 inches

I am VERY wedded to my process of painting from life in natural light when I am working on a still-life painting. Sometimes this dedication to only painting from life can affect the development of a painting.

This painting, “Late Summer Tomatoes” started out with sunflowers as the leading star, however a family emergency required me to stop work on the painting after the initial first week of work. This situation took me away from home for two weeks and in that time my sunflowers had bloomed out in my garden, leaving me in search of something else to incorporate into the setup from what my garden was producing when I returned to the studio.

Luckily for me, my tomatoes were especially productive and I decided to paint them again.

Here are some photos showing my painting process.

20150924-020 WIP01This image is taken from my first day of blocking in the composition.  As you can see, originally a basket full of sunflowers was going to be sitting on the green step stool.

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At the beginning of the second day of blocking in I realized that I needed to shift the stool down some in the painting, so began to work over the previous day’s burnt umber block-in with lead white mixtures.

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Then I left for two weeks, and this was the chaos I returned to, with the sunflowers all bloomed out… My garden always gets overgrown and wild by the end of August.  I am painting so much that I do not have has much opportunity to keep the crazy growth in check, and I hate cutting back at this time because I want to maximize what I can paint from in September and October, and so many birds begin eating from the seed heads of the flowers I just feel guilty about cutting back the chaos until the last moment.  Sigh. How I wish there were more hours in the day during the summer…

And thank goodness my husband is patient with me and that we do not have a HOA, they would be bothering me like crazy around this time of year ;)

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When I got back home and into the studio, things were so crazy I did not photograph any of the earlier days.  But, you can see that I made a lot of progress on the quilt and stool along with the first block-in of the tomatoes.  To make the change easier after what I had painted in before the two week break, I laid down a middle gray value to simplify everything, it was easier to move forward without any of the previous composition still lingering.

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Further along with a big push focusing on the tomatoes.  The tomatoes began to ripen quickly in my studio, so I had to give them my whole attention for several days in a row.

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Getting closer to the finish line….
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The completed painting! Late Summer Tomatoes, 36 x 30 inches, oil on linen.

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A closeup of the tomatoes and stems.

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Life Lately, Happy New Year!

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{the window sill in my studio with discarded props}

The first month of 2016 has already gone by and even though I have not shared anything new here, I have been very active in the studio. As of today, I have finished two paintings, one small and one large (32 x 40 inches), and I believe another still-life painting is halfway finished, as is a portrait of Naomi.

My quilt painting series is continuing this year and I am so excited about them, as this series is a big part of my 2016 goals. Soon I will post more about this series, how it has come into being and what it means to me on an emotional level.

Until then, I wish you a Happy New Year!
Liz

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Nasturtiums with Blue and White Porcelain, 9 x 16 inches

Nasturtuims and Blue and White Porcelain by Elizabeth Floyd, 9 x 16 inches, oil on linen

Nasturtiums with Blue and White Porcelain

I love pairing nasturtiums with delicate items.

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Framed Painting: SOLD
{9″ x 16″ – oil on linen}

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Cox Pippin Apple, 6 x 10 inches

Cox Pippin Apple by Elizabeth Floyd, oil on linen panel, 6x10 inches

Cox Pippin Apple

If ever I am in need of a painting “pick-me-up” I invariably seek out some apples to paint. This Cox Pippin was handy and I am so happy with how it turned out, just between you and me, I love how the yellow color notes in the apple are also found in the old Coca-Cola crate.

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Framed Painting: SOLD
Part of the December Small Works Exhibition
Available for Sale, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA
{6″ x 10″ – oil on linen}

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