This painting has already had several incarnations. I originally started it on a larger horizontal canvas, with apples and the light coming from the left. It never made me feel like it should, so I let it sit for months. This square canvas already had a painting on it, (one of those things I wanted to forget I painted) So I covered it up with a thick coat of paint.
After playing with the composition in a square format I felt like it started to work. My composition editor/wife suggested changing from green apples to pears....(she's gets it right every now and then).
The hardest thing about this painting is the counting...counting the blue squares, counting the white squares, counting the rows of wicker cane. I was so tired of counting but it was the only way I could keep track of the detail. It was very hard not letting it get away from me.
I liked the way the light was hitting the basket. Wanting to keep the focus on that spot of the basket I tried keeping all of the other elements muted and soft.
I have all the pieces painted but now I need to make it work together.
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oil on canvas
Almost ready to sign it. I'll need to let it rest and look at it with fresh eyes next week.