Saturday, December 30, 2006

Small Plastic Baby


Small Plastic Baby
Oil on gessoed board

150x150mm
December 29, 30, 06


I've been meaning to paint this for a while now. I guess it's one of those little plastic figures from a child's doll house or something. It appealed to me, the way it sat bathed in the light, casting shadows. I guess it has many connotations. It could be Moses, or the infant Jesus, or just a plastic baby... My daughter, who thinks it looks decidedly disturbing, suggested I call it "Vitruvian Baby" after the famous Vitruvian Man. I played around with different light sources and directions and in some lights it had multiple shadows which gave it a kind of Krishna appearance. It also occured to me it was like kids making angels in the snow.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Two Green Plums


Two Green Plums
Oil on gessoed board

100x100mm
December 27, 06

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The plum tree is overburdened with fruit this season. These were a pair of early windfalls. I enjoyed painting something green for a change...

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Christmas Cherries


Christmas Cherries
Oil on gessoed board
100x100mm
December 24, 26, 06

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I painted this one on christmas eve. I wasn't that happy with it and on looking at it today I decided to repaint it. The paint had dryed and it's always different painting over another layer of paint. You lose something of the freshness and immediacy of the allaprima, however you gain something else. Transparent layers and glazes of paint produce a glowing richness.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Cherry on Top


Cherry on Top
Oil on gessoed board

100x100mm
December 22, 06

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Friday, December 22, 2006

Single Cherry


Single Cherry
Oil on gessoed board
100x100mm
December 21, 06

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I saw these delicous cherries in the shop and couldn't resist...!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Strawberries in a Glass


Strawberries in a Glass
Oil on gessoed board

150x200mm
December 18, 06

Monday, December 18, 2006

One Dozen Blueberries


One Dozen Blueberries
Oil on gessoed board
90x90mm
December 18, 06

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Sunday, December 17, 2006

Strawberry


Strawberry
Oil on gessoed board

60x75mm
December 17, 06

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Saturday, December 16, 2006

Cherry On It's Side


Cherry On It's Side
Oil on gessoed board
Dec 15, 16, 06

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This is the last cherry I'll paint for a while. You can have too much of a good thing. Too many cherries gives you a bellyache!

Friday, December 15, 2006

Three Dark Cherries


Three Dark Cherries
Oil on gessoed board

70x70mm

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We're getting through a lot of cherries in our household! I managed to salvage these three from the most recent bagfull. I liked the way the two in the backrow were "kissing" while the foremost one was alone. I toyed with the idea of titling it "Two Kissing Cherries with Gooseberry"....

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

One Red Cherry


One Red Cherry
Oil on gessoed board

70x65mm
December 13, 06

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My daliy paintings have been on a bit of a "go slow" the last few days while I'm working on a bigger painting for an exhibition. It's frustrating when you want to be doing two things at once! This cherry was speaking to me from the window sill, and in the end I just couldn't resist.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Two Red Cherries


Two Red Cherries
Oil on gessoed board
Dec 10th, 06
53x47mm
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This postage stamp sized miniature was my second attempt today. The first painting I did didn't work and I chucked it in the bin. I'm happy with this one however.

Big Kiwi


Big Kiwi
Oil on gessoed board
150x150mm
Nov 8, 9th, 06


This was a commision for a kiwi fruit to be, "the larger the better". So I painted it larger than life.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Stack of Four Toffees


Stack of Four Toffees
Oil on gessoed board
150x120mm

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I found these toffees included in a package of new paint I had ordered from my art suppliers. I felt I had to paint them, so I stacked them up, like "stacks on the mill". I liked the way they looked as though they were about to take flight. Whatever I'm painting, I usually find myself thinking of the paint itself as the object I'm depicting, and in this instance, it seemed like toffee.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Raw Egg in Saucer


Raw Egg in Saucer
Oil on gessoed board

150x180mm
Dec, 3, 4, 06

Some of the painters on The Daily Painters website got fed-up with painting pears and thought it would be a fun idea for everyone to paint an egg. Even though it's not Easter. I've wanted to paint an egg for a while so thought I would have a crack at it. If nothing else it's another good excuse to put down a big dob of cadmium yellow deep. I liked the way the yolk is slightly off-center. Eggcentric even...

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Blueberry of Doom


Blueberry of Doom
Oil on gessoed board
50x65mm
Dec, 2, 06
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I love painting these postage stamp sized ones! My daughter was wandering past and spied this image on my monitor screen. She remarked that it looked like "the Blueberry of Doom", as it seemed to be sucking all the light into it. I thought it was a good description. One I wouldn't have thought of!

Midnight Cherries


Midnight Cherries
Oil on gessoed board
80x140mm
December, 1st, 2nd 06
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I've been committed to painting some other paintings during the last few days so I've been painting the PAD paintings at night. I don't often paint from life at night as the light is quite different. I enjoy the nightime, when it's quiet and most people are asleep. I put on a CD of Julian Bream playing John Dowland's lute music. Very dark and mysterious music, which seemed to suit this subject and my mood.

Saturday, December 02, 2006