This painting is finished now or, like most of the others, has been abandoned.
Not much I can say about it really, it's still life and the tomatoes have now well and truly gone off. I am hoping that I will get a chance to start another one this week but I'm going on holiday on Thursday so I have lots to do around that. I am heading for the South of France, just north of the Spanish border and the Pyranees. A fantastic area of France with lots of arty stuff around. We went last year but never managed to get to see everything so we are heading back there this year. I am hoping that my health will hold out for the holiday as I am still not fully recovered from the burst appendix but perhaps a bit of sun and culture will help.
The rabbit ate the USB cable that I have to use to connect my camera to my computer, so have spent a long time trying to find a replacement.
I have almost finished this painting now, the tomatoes have had another layer of red blended with raw umber, yellow and white added. I have also started on the green of the stalk although I think they need a little more work yet. I have not added any more layers to the bag as I think it is ok as it is and I dare not add any more to it.
I have started this new painting today after struggling with different subjects all week. This canvas has been painted on, washed off, painted on and washed off about four times. Finally got started on this one. In case you are not sure they are tomatoes in a brown paper bag. This is just the underpainting, I have used the usual raw umber and white but for the bag I used burnt umber and white.
I have also got five paintings out in two exhibitions at the moment. Three are in the Kenilworth Art Show as part of The Kenilworth Festival and two are in Solihull Art Gallery as part of the CWSA Annual Exhibition.
This is probably finished and I have started a new one, see pic below. As you can see I'm not that good at painting writing so that's a bit rubbish but there you go.
The new one that I have started is of my very, very old but very favourite flip flops. Their destination should be the bin but I can't bring myself to put them there just yet. I will paint them fondly. This is just the underpainting and it has a long way to go yet.
It probably doesn't look too much different from yesterday but I have added more blue to the label. I also have added some highlights. I dont know if I do the highlights in the right way, but I put on little blobs of white and then rub it in like mad with my finger to fade it right down.
Other than that all I have done is play with my daughter's rabbit that has come to stay with me.
I went to Tesco's but decided that I ought to buy an apple with a sticker on it rather than steal the sticker, it cost me 32p which wasn't too bad I suppose. I have added another layer of all of the colours of the apple, light red, sap green, yellow and raw umber. The label I was looking for usually has a Union Jack on it but they are just plain at the mo with Cox on it, must from overseas, mind you our apple season doesn't usually arrive until the autumn. Got go off and start another now as this one is going to take a
I have now added a layer of colour to this apple painting, still keeping it simple as you see. I have added yellow, sap green and light red in stripes, oh and a little raw umber around the edges. What I actually do with the raw umber is block in the background right up to the subject and then start to "pull" it in over the edges of the subject, blending it with the other colours. I hope that makes sense. I do this to try to give depth to the subject. I will add another layer of colour tomorrow which might be the last one that it has. It will just be highlights then. I have also decided that I will put one of those union jack stickers on it, the only problem is that I dont have any on the apples that I bought. I will head off to Tesco tomorrow and steal one of the stickers off the apples they have and stick it on mine, is that shoplifting?
I am trying to get back to doing to some work as I've been away from it for far too long. Decided to keep it simple so grabbed an apple from the fruit bowl. This is the underpainting. I will add lots of thin layers of colour when it dries. It is an English Cox apple and I am contemplating sticking a flag on it.