This still life is a little larger and more complex than many of my other recent paintings. I was inspired by a visit to the grocery. I must have had my “artist’s eyes” on that day because I seemed to be dazzled by the beautiful colors and shapes of the vegetables. Several of the more interesting vegetables came home with me that day.
Before I tackled the main still life, I first completed several smaller still lifes just to get a feel for the shapes and colors.
Surprisingly, the red cabbage was the most difficult to paint. It has very subtle hues of purple, red and magenta. It was a tight head so not much interest as far as shape until I peeled back a leaf or two. I think a larger, leafier cabbage would be far more interesting.
The artichoke, with it’s pointy leaves and shapes, was very fun to paint.
The radishes are usually fun but their greens started to wilt quickly. However, they later generated more new leaves so that was a big help.
The final big still life was painted on an 18 x 24 inch canvas which I had toned in variegated colors. It seems to have a glow all its own. I don’t quite know how that happened except that some of the under painting showed through. Unfortunately, I didn’t’ take step-by-step photos of this painting. I might tweak it a bit more but there’s always a risk of going too far. Sometimes done is done.
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