Friday, February 12, 2010

Three Apples on a Crate {a new still life}

Three Apples on a Crate – 8" x 16" (20.3 x 40.6 cm) – Oil Canvas Panel
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Hello there!

Time has been flying by these few weeks. DC has had three snow storms {here are some pics of the area} and I have been spending lots of time in the studio. A lot of the effort has been in trying out new ideas, experimenting, and scraping down the ideas that have not worked out. While away from the blog I was also working on this apple painting.

With this painting I was playing with the idea of using a complementary color as a base underpainting of the main objects. Being that my apples were green, red was used for the underpainting. Using different color temperatures on each apple (quinacridone red, cad. scarlet, and cad red were the reds used). I wanted to see the affect the color temperature had on the resulting greens. So far from this painting I have not yet realized any specific conclusions to the color experiment, so I will keep working with this process.

{a work in progress shot}
the final apple with its red underpainting

Currently the studio is set up with two still lifes and a desk for drawing and watercolor. This way I can move around and focus on what is best for the moment. I have just enlisted S. to help me re-arrange the studio one more time so I will have room to add another still life stand. Yippie! Having more than one project going on at a time is really giving room to explore and try new things out. With each project emphasizing something different.

I missed visiting with you during the past two weeks, so I hope to avoid such long absences in the future.

Thanks for stopping by and reading, Happy Valentine’s Day!



Jeffrey J. Boron said...

Well done Elizabeth!! Those apples look so real and yet very painterly, wonderful work!


ale balanzario said...

Hola Elizabeth, I agree with Jeffrey, its a very good work, thanks for sharing

Take care and keep warm,


eLIZabeth Floyd said...

Thanks Jeffery and Ale!

Anonymous said...

I think your work is getting more and more beautiful. It's nice to get a peek at the still life setup - would love to see more.

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Love your apples and the crate. You are becoming a master at still life.

Hope you are enjoying your time in the studio and not out trying to shovel snow!

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

Thanks Veronica, I really appreciate it!

Hi Carol, thanks for dropping by :) I have been fortunate to avoid the shoveling, my husband has been doing it all... I guess that is the one good thing about having a bad back...

Kerri Settle said...

Thanks for sharing a WIP photo! I like how the red underpainting peeks out a bit on the edges of the apples in the final piece.

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

Thanks Kerri, the slight red on the edges is perm. rose and was put down for the background color, I left just a slight bit as means of getting the apples to pop more forward.

L.Holm said...

Love the glow you achieved in this trio.
Glad you were getting some studio time in...I'm just glad not to be shoveling this week! lol.
Beautiful painting, Liz!

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

Thanks Liz! I too am tired of the snow and really happy the sun has been coming out ;)

Have a fun week painting!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I love this painting!