Monday, July 14, 2008

Inspiration & a Peeled Orange Still Life


Peeled Orange – 6" x 6" Oil on Canvas Panel

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the book Taking The Leap and the author’s recommendation to keep a visual journal where daily you record a minimum of three design/art ideas. Well, nightly before going to bed I jot down three ideas, sometimes the ideas are just a list of bullet points, other times they end up being thumbnail sketches, or a mixture of both. It has been a fun exercise, both of patience and dedication, as sometimes I just want to go to sleep after a long day of work and extracurricular activities… However this little painting is the first direct result of keeping this journal.

I was stumped on what next to focus on, I have been working on larger more complicated paintings, and I need something simple but also a challenge. I also did not want to revisit a subject I have painted recently, so I started flipping through the journal and came across a series a thumbnail sketches that were of partially peeled lemons and oranges. I was inspired. And here is the result.

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5 comments:

FCP said...

This is so well done, Elizabeth, the warms and cols perfectly compliment each other and the orange "feels" like a juicy orange--bravo, nice work!
faye

E. Floyd said...

Thanks, it is fun working with color temperatures and experimenting with subjects

Rhonda Hurwitz said...

your comment on my recent lab painting led me to your blog--

I love your use of color and treatment of everyday subjects. great work.

Rhonda Hurwitz said...

your comment on my lab painting led me to your blog...I love your use of color and treatment of everyday subjects. great work

E. Floyd said...

Thanks Rhonda, I find great contentment in observing everyday items. It is like being happy in the present, something I am striving to accomplish everyday.