This apple had been sitting around in my studio for a couple of months or so and I knew I'd get around to painting it sooner or later. I'd never dream of eating it! The apple came to me as part of a "goodie bag" that was handed out with strict Po-Mo irony to guests at an exhibition opening of the famous NZ artist Billy Apple. There were many other apple related objects included and at one point I had the idea of painting the entire contents as an arranged still life, however it never eventuated. This tiny composition is based on the traditional Chardin School much favoured by Daily Painters.
There were all kinds of subjects I could have painted. Or felt that I perhaps should have painted. But for some reason on this day I couldn't make up my mind. In the end, I just looked at the studio floor and picked up this bit of wood my dog had chewed. I thought I'd try and make a painting out of it. It's not just contrariness or being perverse, I hope. I'd like to think that in my own humble way I'm asking that same perennial and thorny question that contemporary artists have been struggling with for the past century or so - what is a painting, and what is worth painting?
This is a fun one for the first day of the new year. They are some of the seeds from the dandelion clock I painted the other day. I thought it was somehow appropriate. It's kind of illustrative rather than being a painting I guess. I've put it up on NZTradeMe for $1 if anyones interested.
I've long been meaning to paint some of the pohutakawa trees in flower with their dramatic crimson blossoms. Usually I miss the opportunity by leaving it too long, however this season I decided to just go for it and paint the one outside my studio. I literally stuck the painting board to the back door with buetac and painted it in situ. It was a windy day and the branches were being tossed around a lot and the sun came and went so it was constantly changing. But that is all par for the course with plein air painting!