Three Apples on a Crate {a new still life}

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Three Apples on a Crate – 8" x 16" (20.3 x 40.6 cm) – Oil Canvas Panel
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Hello there!

Time has been flying by these few weeks. DC has had three snow storms {here are some pics of the area} and I have been spending lots of time in the studio. A lot of the effort has been in trying out new ideas, experimenting, and scraping down the ideas that have not worked out. While away from the blog I was also working on this apple painting.

With this painting I was playing with the idea of using a complementary color as a base underpainting of the main objects. Being that my apples were green, red was used for the underpainting. Using different color temperatures on each apple (quinacridone red, cad. scarlet, and cad red were the reds used). I wanted to see the affect the color temperature had on the resulting greens. So far from this painting I have not yet realized any specific conclusions to the color experiment, so I will keep working with this process.

{a work in progress shot}
the final apple with its red underpainting

Currently the studio is set up with two still lifes and a desk for drawing and watercolor. This way I can move around and focus on what is best for the moment. I have just enlisted S. to help me re-arrange the studio one more time so I will have room to add another still life stand. Yippie! Having more than one project going on at a time is really giving room to explore and try new things out. With each project emphasizing something different.

I missed visiting with you during the past two weeks, so I hope to avoid such long absences in the future.

Thanks for stopping by and reading, Happy Valentine’s Day!