Fresh Peaches {a new still life painting}

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Fresh Peaches – 18" x 24" (45.7 x 61 cm) – Oil on Linen

This is the second painting completed while studio sitting a few weeks ago. It was the first painting where I applied a technique recommended by Danni where you work on a specific area, say 6 inches square where you refine everything at once, instead of just painting in specific objects as solitary items. This enables you to work out edge qualities of how everything interacts. This way does seem to make the painting go faster on larger pieces as you can get an idea of how the effect of the painting is coming together at an earlier stage. After the entire canvas is covered in this manner, you go back over the painting again, picking out specific areas that will require the greatest level of refinement, and then going back again and again.

I am really enjoying using this method as it makes painting anything larger than an 8" x 10" (20.3 x 25 cm) rewarding as you see pretty soon if the composition and idea are working out. With smaller pieces it all comes together so quickly you know right away if the painting is going in the desired direction immediately.

Have a wonderful evening,


PS. I loved learning about this Dutch still life artist and being introduced to his work by this post and this post. Thank you Matthew D. Innis for introducing him to me :)