Another tiny miniature. The major reason I've been doing these miniatures is because I've been waiting for more paint to arrive from my supplier. In many ways they take as long as larger paintings to do. You just use smaller brushes. And less paint. I always think of Morandi when I do these kind of clustered compositions.
Two small wee miniatures today that were great fun to paint! The first one is up for auction on New Zealand TradeMe. Reserve is just $1 so if you're a NZer and you've been following these daily paintings, and perhaps been meaning to buy one, now is a good opportunity! Just click on the link and bid. Thankyou for your support!
Blue Bottle and Glass With Apple Oil on gessoed board 90x75mm $100 For purchase info click here sold I liked this composition. I set up the bottle and glass and knew I wanted something on the glass. It had to be an apple, but I didnt have a real one so I used a plastic apple that's been lying around the studio. Apparently Cezanne used to use wax fruit for his still lifes because he worked on them for such a long time!
It was the swan motif on the end of this pencil that inspired me to paint this one. I deliberately set it up using Chardin's favourite trick of having it overhang the edge of the shelf and casting a shadow to create a trompe-l'oeil effect.
It really galled me to have to buy lemons from the shop, but my tree is sick and not producing any this year. So it was even more annoying when the lemons turned mouldy withing a day of purchase. I peered at the label and discovered they were imported from California. Seems a heck of a long way to ship a lemon which grows perfectly well in NZ!