Monday, 29 January 2007
Apples on the Strand
Dick Blick Art Materials
Eggplants in the field Picnic with Red Pears
I often set my fruit in a landscape, hence the title "Fruitscapes."
I find the category title "still Life" rather inaccurate for what I want to portray.
The fruit in my town is bursting with life - it is hardly "still".
The pears are large and luscious and a beautiful alizarin, cadmium red.
The touch of alizarin gives them that slightly bluish tint which is as accurate
a description as I can find to express their beauty and juiciness!
The Eggplants, or "Brinjals" by which they are known here, seemed to be
enormous. I decided to give them the space they needed, so put them in a
landscape where they could "breathe". They are placed on a loosely woven
cloth imprinted with an image of a smiling sun - I deliberately painted the sun
upside down, like a negative impression on the cloth, as if the sun had
"fallen" out of the sky to lie next to the fruit. It is a slightly uncomfortable image
being upside down, but this is a deliberate conceit to create a more exciing
I'm crazy about lemons. have alook at some of my lemon paintings on my South African site
Posted by Viv King at 16:16