“A Fruitful Palette” 12″ x 9″ oil on panel
Having fun with some big bold color in this still life oil painting. Choosing a few classic fruits: an orange, red apple and sunny yellow lemon. Rather simple subjects but the color burst was just what I needed to work with.
The background became very important in terms of adding more structure to the composition. I was a bit challenged in terms of finding something around to fill that need. What I ended up using was one of my daughters large nude oil paintings. The painting is full of big bold brush marks and I liked this corner area with violet/blue hues. So I flipped it on it’s side and set it behind the three pieces of fruit. It gave me enough inspiration and the colors worked well.
I painted this using a combination of palette knife and brush leaving marks from my rough in as part of the final work. It has a lot of texture and the cloth actually had a lovely light red pattern on it which I chose to leave out. The white just seemed to do so much more for the painting to my eye.