Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Italian plums

9/4: Italian plums, oil on canvas panel, 5x7 in.

I found painting these to be really hard - so much going on on a plum's surface, and these were small (and painted smaller). I'm drawn to yellow ocher a lot, I don't know why. Maybe I feel it is earthy and safe, yet has the quality of gold and all the mythical stuff associated with it. I think it's a nice complement to the warm and cool purples here.

Old English word of the day:
plúme [plū'-mə]: plum.

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