Monday, July 10, 2006

July 10 - Apple, sliced

"An Apple a Day" - Well, not really.  This Gala has been getting sliced and given to the studio canary as a treat over the last several days.  I did a bit more slicing on it tonight and it whispered, "Paint me."  After a dunk in some lemon juice (to keep it from darkening in the setup), off it went to the studio and now is preserved in oils forever on this five by seven canvas.  A rather simple subject, after yesterday's profound one.  Simple still life setups such as today's painting are a good way for you (and me) to relax, and still paint.  One doesn't have to do the equivalent of Raphael's "Madonna of the Meadows" every time we lift our brushes.  Sometimes something simple flexes the mental and hand muscles just enough to provide the links between bigger works.  There is still enough design thought going on, the placement of the slices, the lighting with consideration for the shadow shapes.  There's the real exercise! $100

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