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06-04-2001, 05:59 PM
Oil on canvas 12 X 6.
For me, there is none better at painting fruit than American artist Loren Speck. I can't afford his prices so I copied this one. His shelf is a bit better than mine because he added more detail but the rest is more or less the same, at least I think so. It lives on my dining room wall now.... http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
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[This message has been edited by Victor (edited June 04, 2001).]
06-04-2001, 08:00 PM
Vic, Looks good, may I have a bite? I am going to have to take a look at Loren Specks work.
"You want the ecstacy so you have to take the hangover"
Sandra. M. Smith
06-04-2001, 08:49 PM
WOW!! This is fantastic Victor! I love those plums. The berries are luscious. Good enough to eat. *SMILE*
<FONT COLOR="Red">I love it!!!! </FONT c>
06-05-2001, 12:45 AM
I'm Not Much On Still Life But This Is Nice. Looks Just Like The Berrys I Picked Here In The Yard Only 4 hours Ago.You Did A Great Job Captureing The Apples Too.
There's No Shame In Trying And Failing. Only In Failing To Try ...... Self Quote (Danny Meazell)
06-05-2001, 05:16 AM
OMG this is perfect. Victor, why arnt you a millionaire painter? Great stuff. More more more.
ART by TeAnne (http://www.ipec.net.au/teanne/TeAnneArt.html)
I must make a piece of art everyday for my own well being.
06-05-2001, 10:31 AM
this is my fave of your so far http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif I love the highlights on the apples. Would be lovely to gaze on while you eat.
I keep my frida Kahlo paintings in the dining room, quite a different feel http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif
"If you understand your painting beforehand, you might as well not paint it." -Salvadore Dali
06-05-2001, 10:33 AM
Victor....OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!! I'd LOVE it on MY wall! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
06-05-2001, 03:20 PM
Victor, Thank you for the easy access to Loren Specks Gallery page. Yes I can see your attraction to the work, very nice. I myself am not a still life painter, but have had an attraction to well executed works all my life. I find myself on my visits to the L.A. Museum of fine art spending most of my time studying the still life works. Perhaps I do so to extract a certain application of paint, like the blush on the plum http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
"You want the ecstacy so you have to take the hangover"
Sandra. M. Smith
06-06-2001, 12:00 AM
Why are people saying Apples.....when they are PLUMS??? *laugh* I picked up a couple of these plums from my market just this morning...YUM!! Beautiful PLUMS Victor! The PLUM third from the right..or left *laugh* is PERFECT! You have captured the inner light of the fruit. Did I mention PLUMS?
06-06-2001, 12:34 AM
Hi Sandra, thanks for your comments, I'm glad you like it. Loran Specks gallery is at http://www.loranspeck.com http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
Teanne So glad you like this one, I am about ready to show my latest still life. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
My next door neighbour sad that she liked the way I had painted the apples when she first saw it. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
Hi J, The highlights on the plums are not too bad either...lol. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
Cheralyn, I also did another Loran speck of oranges and lemons so I would have a pair.
DIY art is a wonderful thing.... http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
Thanks Bev for pointing out the apples, I mean plums...LOL http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/confused.gif
06-06-2001, 04:03 AM
I grew up with Apricot and Plum trees in my backyard. Grandpa had a hammock strung between them, to catch them when they fell. We'd shine them on our shirts til we saw our reflections. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
To this day, they're still my favorite fruits.
Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.
06-06-2001, 06:27 PM
I have a Victoria Plum tree in my garden, deliscious.... http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
06-06-2001, 11:15 PM
Victor..just brillant..you are soooo good http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
06-07-2001, 05:04 AM
Thanks Wendee...... http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
06-07-2001, 06:30 AM
The lineup and lighting are too linear.
Is it possible that it is concept driven, or full of intent?
If so, it is not tentative enough.
I think the certainty is plastic, but that doesn't endow plasticity.
06-07-2001, 07:12 AM
If I knew what you were talking about, I would be able to reply but All that you said, went right by me without stopping. The reality of it is this. I liked this painting very much and wanted a copy for myself, so I painted it.Loren Speck, as near as I can recall, was selling framed prints of this painting for about $1800.00 each. Thats a lot of money for just a print. If he did in fact get people to buy them, then the painting must have some merit.
Thanks for your critique though, I realize we don't all like the same thing in art, if we did, it would be very dull.
Victor: Hope you do not mind me giving this thread new life in the still life forum.
I am a very big fan of the still life and like to copy the works of the Peale family. I have a copy of a Rembrant Peale on my website and have copied it many times. As a matter of fact, it is the painting style that I most get requests from my clients.
Concerning your painting.... You really did an exceptional job!
One thing I like to do is take a still life that I like personally and try to set something similar up as a still life for me to paint. I found that I like having someones work to give me clues as to how to solve similar problems, but having the actual object in front of me helps me see and the work becomes more my own.
Have you ever tried that? It's fun.
06-19-2001, 12:13 PM
Just a suggestion; The painting appears to be of only one apple and one berry cluster turned in different directions...much more powerful would be a painting of the specific characteristics of each piece of fruit, not a generic "fruit"
06-19-2001, 07:42 PM
Just dropped in from Oil Painting - this looks like it's going to be a great forum. I just visited Loren Speck's web site and it's terrific, thank you. Your rendition is excellent.
Arnold vd W
06-24-2001, 10:12 AM
I like the way you did the light!! Makes it look real...:clap:
This is very beautiful. How long have you been a painter?
06-28-2001, 10:58 AM
Hey Victor :) Our taste seems to run the sme whay when it comes to still life :) Bookmarked his website! Have you ever heard of a painter named Gerald Stinski? These could be the same people! He was the artist who inspired a love of still life in me. He doesn't have a web site, but I could scan a couple of his picts and post them or send them to you if you like :) My first color oil painting was a copy of his Artichoke and Cherries :) His plums are fantastic too! Also...... check this guy out.
06-28-2001, 11:08 AM
BTW Victor, your plums are magnificent!:clap: :clap: :clap:
06-28-2001, 10:22 PM
This, 'Blackberries and Plums', is the first of your work that I have seen (I mostly hang out at the watercolor forums), and I truly enjoy still life paintings.
I enjoyed your painting very much and I will be checking back to see what's new.
06-29-2001, 10:02 AM
Can you please post the still life with the cherries? I'm working on one right now with cherries in it, and I'm just not "getting it!" :rolleyes:
06-29-2001, 10:45 AM
Already done ldallen. I started a new thread yesterday called 'Stinski's art for Victor' :D The cherries are there.
06-29-2001, 12:44 PM
Stinski's stuff is amazingly realistic...I look at it and I don't like it...maybe, because I used to be a professional photographer and after all, I am painting now ...aint I ? anyway, I guess I'll move on over to the other thread to cause trouble....I ask myself, and what if that canvas was one that I had done?...well, I take such satisfaction in objects that I paint well and not even a fraction as realistic as these...I actually believe that I like my struggles and results better....I have "getting a digital camera" high on my priority list...til then, words do not suffice...of course his stuff is "better" but I don't want mine looking like that...do you? Tell me about it.
06-30-2001, 08:29 AM
I think that is a very good idea. I am just getting back to still life, love it, but sometimes have trouble setting it up to my own satisfaction so I will find a still life that I like using my own pots, fruits, etc. from around the house.
06-30-2001, 01:13 PM
Hello, Victor!I love this painting ! You posted it in the critique forum first, I belive. The plums are ready for the bite!:D
07-08-2001, 03:36 PM
Love your painting Victor.
Excellent job. :)
07-20-2001, 06:35 PM
Well I never,
I have just visited this forum for the first time and nearly fell off my chair when I saw this reserection.
thanks for bringing it over, Yes, I do set things up but because I have a six year old daughter running around I have to take photographs and paint from them. Once again thanks.
As I didn't paint an apple in the first place I don't know what you mean. I do not consider myself as an artist and don't sell anything . I just paint because I love it. Thanks for your comments anyway...
Idallen, Arnold, Many thanks for taking the time to look, its very much appreciated....
Raek, Thanks, I've been painting now for about five years.
J, Julia, Leafin,
Thanks a million for your thoughts on this one.
I'm sorry if you were all wondering why it has taken me so long to reply to this thread but as I said before, I didn't know there was a still life forum. I expect I should have been posting mine here all along. Oh well, you live and learn....
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