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07-08-2000, 05:33 PM
This apple is from a lesson in a book about glazing. There are about 8 glazes on this. Do you think it's a keeper? I could get real apple leaves and twigs from the yard to make a painting out of this... any suggestions? Thank you, Sandy
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07-08-2000, 05:45 PM
Mal, I think this is really cool. The transition from the darks to the lights kind of bothered me as if the values changed too
This apple looks real tasty and you know how some apples have small spots that seem just below the surface of color almost as reflections of water? Well, I can almost see those spots. So realistic. I think the glaze
work definiatly hits the spot.
Nice work.

07-08-2000, 09:32 PM
Hi Sandy,
Yummmm! Definately a keeper. The paint handling looks great - you did a really good job with the glazes. And the shape is beautifully observed.

Just a tip for painting still-life objects: watch out for reflected light and reflected colour. Normally, I would expect any object to be picking up reflected colours from the surroundings so that some parts of the apple would be less red. Also, on the shadow parts it would probably be picking up a bit of reflected light so that it may very well go a bit light again right on the edges. Although this seems to go against logic - to have a bit of light in the shadow parts - it actually makes things look even more 3D. Have another look at your apple for reflected light and reflected colour.

I would definately do a painting with leaves & co as you suggest.

Very well done.
best wishes
sand...ra http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

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07-08-2000, 10:07 PM

Keep it...definitely! Can't wait to see it with leaves and everything so we don't have "floating apple" syndrome. *LOL*


07-09-2000, 07:42 AM
Yes it's a keeper Sandy,
Only suggestion I would make is to add a variation in colour , use a touch of yellow or green in the apple,

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07-09-2000, 07:53 AM
Mal.. Definitely a keeper!! I am really impressed here...and anxious to see the next one http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Carol

07-09-2000, 08:24 AM

I remember that apple project! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif

You have done MUCH better than I did with it. You seem to have a knack. It's beautiful.

Nice to hang in the kitchen!


Phyllis Rennie
07-09-2000, 02:52 PM
Came back for a second look, Mal. It still looks great! I might just add the suggestion of a table line and shadow on the table to complete it rather than leaves and twigs. So it would have more weight at the bottom and stop the floating action. The intensity of color--I love.

It's making me hungry.

07-09-2000, 02:59 PM
<FONT face="Book Antiqua">Mal, this is terrific. I'm curious to which red you used. I'm never completely satisfied with the reds I have.</FONT f>

07-10-2000, 09:58 AM
Mal - way to go! What a "delicious" red apple! If you go and get those twigs and leaves why not add an apple blossom too?? Would definitely add more interest in the picture...I know the apples are done blooming, but it would look nice!


07-10-2000, 04:54 PM
Thanks y'all. Even though I painted this smack-dab in the middle of a 9x12 sheet of paper I think i will crop it down to 5x7 and take Cindy's advice and hang it in the kitchen. Since it was a lesson from a book and not from life I have no idea where a shadow may fall and which color it would be. I am still thinking about just a few leaves and maybe a table line... or a green and yellow checked table cloth or something totally abstract dividing it up into uneven 4ths in the background. I am happy with my first apple and will keep it for myself.

msue.... I tried to stay with primary colors for doing the glazing... first yellow then all over red, then red in only parts of it, then red with a touch of blue... and so on. MY Dr. Ph. Martin's paints did not have a true red so I mixed "deep red rose" and "brilliant Cad" equally.

I am ready to scrounge around the local Piggly Wiggly to shop for apples that are just begging me to paint them. Any ideas of how to set up a simple still life? http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gifSandy

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07-10-2000, 06:33 PM

Why not make yourself a shadow box?? Take a cardboard box (a large one preferably), cut one large side completely off, place a square hole - 4"x4" for example near the top on the side, place a desk lite near and turn on. Direct the light into the hole to cast a shadow on your still life. Don't get the light too close to hole to start a fire though LOL! You place your still life say on a table, with a cloth of some kind, place box over with cut side facing you and the light source will be directed from the side with the hole!

I hope this helps you!



07-12-2000, 09:05 PM
Looks like a keeper to me. I'm impressed that you used so many layers of glaze without getting any mud. I agree with the comment of reflecting another color - if you put in a cloth that color could reflect on the bottom of the apple.

Lynda Mortensen
07-13-2000, 02:06 PM
It's lovely! Here's an idea - do a whole series for your kitchen, with a bit of humour added, paint another picture from a real apple and when you have completed the painting take a few bites and paint another, then another few bites and paint another, until the last painting is of the core - they would look great in a long, horizontal mount (with individual windows cut out for each picture), then framed.

07-13-2000, 05:52 PM
What an unique idea Lynda! Thanks! Could you see the last in the series as having a napkin by the core with red lipstick print on it? ...is laughing out loud!! Would it hurt to put watercolor paint on your lips long enough to kiss a painting? (just wondering)Sandy

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Lynda Mortensen
07-14-2000, 04:37 PM
Oh, I like that idea! just make sure it's not a toxic colour like cadmium red!

You could do a whole series - pears, peaches, banana's........lol

07-14-2000, 04:48 PM
Hey Lynda and Mal,
I like the idea of the apple bite ,If you photo the still life you can eat the apple while you paint, an old curled up banana skin gives a nice touch as well,
Look forward to seeing the next in the series Mal,

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