Sunday, June 15, 2008

Plein Air Still Life of Two Apples


Two Apples – 6" x 8" Oil on Canvas Panel SOLD

This still life was painted outside on my patio. It was a beautiful day and I wanted to be outside to enjoy the weather, I just was not motivated to paint a landscape, so a still life instead was set up instead. In art instruction books they always talk about the difference in light quality and color temperature between natural light and artificial light, so even with this “book” knowledge it was a surprise to experience how the outside light was much cooler so much so that the colors of the apples seem to have a more cool-red hue than they do when setup inside. The end result of the painting was that the reds were cooler than expected and the shadows were present, however more diffused and subtle. This painting experience was a fun exercise.

2 comments:

Dar Presto said...

I can clearly sense the natural light. You did a wonderful job. I have been terrified by the idea of painting outdoors, but you have inspired me to take my comfort zone (still life)outside with me. I enjoy your blog.

E. Floyd said...

Thanks Dar, painting outside and focusing a familiar subject is a simple way to transition to outdoor painting. For plein air pieces I also typically use a canvas that has a raw sienna and flake white ground, versus the cooler medium gray ground I use for interior paintings. I think it is an easy way to play off the color temperatures.

PS, I am glad you enjoy the blog, it is fun sharing with everyone and visiting other artist's blogs!