Tuesday, October 24, 2006

daily painting practice - orange peel

I roughly peeled the first orange and set it down without fussing over it. Sometimes the best arrangements come from what occurs naturally.
I think all that needs to be done is to touch up the background color. I use a little cobalt blue to add a little atmosphere.
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Orange Blossom Special
5"x7"
oil on canvas board
SOLD

The peeled orange is a great object to paint. The texture and color is a real treat for the eyes. I thought this partly peeled orange looked like a flower opening its petals.

One of the hazards of daily painting is you start to enjoy food shopping. I now catch myself buying food for its potential in a still life. I may end up with 15 apples because they all look good for a painting even if I already have apples at home. I wonder if I can deduct my food bill as a business expense?

5 comments:

wendy said...

Really love this work!
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James said...

Of course you can deduct the food as an expense! Maybe not if you eat it.

Louis Boileau said...

Really like this one!

Anonymous said...

it is a great arrangement...why didn't I think of that?

Katherine said...

The trick is to buy really esoteric fruit which obviously would never form part of your daily food budget! ;)

I've been shopping in supermarkets for still life for ages - and even written about it on my blog here http://makingamark.blogspot.com/2006/01/when-still-life-takes-over-shopping.html. My partner complains about how late I get back from shopping but it takes time to eye up all the fruit and veg for two completely different reasons!