Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The best peaches ever

I am almost finished my little one foot square painting of
peaches in one of my antique glass footed bowls. I thought
I was completely done, but the photograph shows me
one small change I want to make.

The main thing is it is pleasing to me now. It captures
the lush colour and festive feeling of this summer's
peaches. I just had to celebrate them in paint.
Last year the peaches were hard as rocks -- it
seems the fruit loves rain, because this stormy
summer has produced the most delicious peaches
in years.

Peach party
12" x 12"
acrylic on canvas
Almost done

I rarely paint people so that they fit the page, and I'm
a bit surprised that I almost fit the whole bowl onto
the small canvas -- I love to paint large paintings -- but
even then my subjects usually won't be contained
on the canvas. This bowl breaks one of my painting
rules, because even though it's old, and a bit off center
in shape, I put it right in the middle of the canvas.

I've had quite a time changing the balance. Here's what
I tried today. I cut a sprig off a peach tree
that trails over my garage roof, and tried to paint that
into the painting. No good. I filled a small antique glass
creamer with milk, and thought I'd call it peaches and
cream. Worse than the branch. Then I hit on the
solution -- two more peaches. Hurray.

I've painted all day today, working on paintings which
aren't finished yet. My small peach study is almost
there, so I'm showing you the results tonight.

Have a finishing-touches-day tomorrow.


Theresa Rankin said...

Thank you Barbara for you support and comments....I am loving the glass in this one...can't wait to see the end product!

Laurel Daniel said...

Hey Barbara - so nice to find you. I love the vivid oranges in your peaches and the specks of blue background coming through the cut glass... nice.

Barbara Muir said...

Thanks Theresa,

The glass and the peaches capture
my feelings about abundance. In
Toronto at this time of year
everything is at its peak. It
seems even more appealing, knowing
that the season is almost over.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Laurel,

I appreciate your observations.
I just discovered your blog,
and your super landscapes.


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