I seem to have an umber and yellow theme going on lately! These are all placed on my studio floor with the natural dark patina of the old timber floorboards. I normaly position my stillife subjects closer to me to paint. As I always stand while painting this was quite a distance for a small subject like this and it's a bit like seeing with a zoom lense rather than a macro. I'm always fascinated by the complexity of how we see. Both the physical miracle that is our eyes and the way our brains interprete all that information. It's a fallacy that any artist paints literally what they see. It's never that simple.
I occasionally enjoy taking a different technical approach to what I've grown accustomed to with my painting. I feel it's important to keep myself from becoming stale and mannered. Hopefully.
With these paintings I've initially put down a thin glaze of burnt umber as an imprimatura over the whole board, using a medium containing dammar and venice turpentine. This very quickly goes tacky and allows me to scumble cooler colours over the top and gives a warm glowing feeling to the picture that I believe suits the subject. The transparent areas give a nice contrast to the more thickly painted impasto parts. I enjoyed painting it anyway.