I went to the market looking for those large, round, midnight blue grapes. Unfortunately they were not available. So I focused my energy on this fat clump of red grapes using a palette knife once again.
I love painting large and making this onion much larger than life size felt necessary. I used a palette knife and really tried to sculpt out the feeling of the onion skin and it's many layers. Because of the size, this wasn't a quick morning study but the time flew by. www.hong-sammons.com
I used a palette knife to convey that this tomatoe is so ripe it's skin is almost blistered. Although this is another red study, the colors are generally warmer, almost orangey, than the reds in the paintings of red delicious apples.
Karen Phipps, plein air painting buddy, fantastic paintings has inspired me to work larger in plein air. But I lost the original light after about 1 1/2 hours so I'll return tomorrow to finish. I started the piece with a large flat brush to lay in the composition and quickly switched to a large palette knife. The skyline will be in the background with the small lake and reflections in the foreground.
Today is another very hot, humid, and sunny day in the city so I was out plein air painting very early. I was after a compelling composition with a lot of contrasting light vs. shadow. This boutique behind a store drew my attention. I may add some shoppers but unfortunately by the time they came by I was ready to leave the heat of the day for my cool studio.
Painting is a passion similar to someone motivated to throw a perfect fast ball or win a marathon. It takes some natural abilities and a whole lot of work and determination to get it just right.
My inspiration to paint is from the beauty I see in my day to day life. Sometimes that amazing beauty is discovered in a simple bin of onions purchased from a farmers market, or the inspiration is found traveling through the southwest, beachcombing on the Jersey shore, or exploring through Spain. Regardless of where I am, there is always something wonderful to paint. As a result my paintings are mostly created ‘en plein air’meaning, on site and from direct observation, not from a photograph. During very cold winter months I will take my smaller plein air paintings and use several to create a larger piece. The common relationship shared between my plein air and studio paintings is that they were inspired from the simple beauty of our lives.
I feel quite blessed to have a loving family who overlooks my messiness while I am absorbed in a painting and on a quest to make one stunning piece of art.