Friday, June 19, 2015

Starting with Nothing

Big, bold, loose brush strokes.  That's what I've been working on for three days, using an apple as a random object to paint because I wanted a shape and edges to play with.

Today I started from more of a place of no-thing.  I thought about colors and value first, imagined a light source, dialed my object back to an apple-ish shape.  Left apple colors behind to help me leave my left hemisphere behind.

Used a new brush, a Princeton 12 Bright.

Totally fun.  Remembered to stop!

6x6", acrylic on gessobord
still life


  1. I love the gradations of color in the brushstrokes in this one, esp in the yellow-toned background.

    1. Those gradations of color and the brushstrokes pull me right in every single time my eyes fall on this painting. Light and shadow, light and shadow—so compelling.