View Full Version : You Wanna Piece a' Me?

simon levenson
12-11-2002, 06:31 PM

Title: You Wanna Piece a' Me?
Year Created: 2002
Medium: Oil
Surface: Canvas
Dimension: huge-ish
Allow digital alterations?: No, please :)

a piece of a commission i am finishing this week. OYE!

does the pain pay off? haha...

12-11-2002, 07:19 PM
apiece per day would surely keep the ooglies away


12-11-2002, 07:42 PM
how ish is big ish....I am think you should give this to me for christmas and I want to see if I have a wall it would look nice on....a little red bow and you dont have to wrap it...

way cool...big thumbs up.

12-11-2002, 07:59 PM
yep....commissions are so much fun!! *LOL*

love the colors contining throughout

12-11-2002, 08:06 PM
exciting color....how big?

12-11-2002, 08:19 PM
paint paid off in a big way!
just look at it...should sooth any raw nerve...
especially if you have a hot chocolate or a martini
in your hand...

would love to see the whole thing...
most beautious apples and cloth I've ever seen...truely...

wish t'was my commish!!

where ever did you get that cloth?!

Happy Holidays...

12-11-2002, 08:56 PM
it's really brilliant the way you related the colors of the cloth to the apples. bravo!

12-11-2002, 08:59 PM
he he he.... my comment tickles me.
Sorry I was working and couldn't be at the top!!!
love ya

12-11-2002, 09:25 PM
A laugh out loud delight and big grin enjoyment of a apple of every color of the spectum!

Is this the whole thing? or are you holding some back.....


12-11-2002, 09:27 PM
What a lovely painting. So colourful. I'd sure like it on my wall!
The large apple with so many colours confused me though - but then, maybe I'm easily confused.
I look at this and just see fun! It is an uplifting work, and love your approach to it.

12-11-2002, 10:21 PM
what a tease just showing us a "piece"...i have borrowed it and now it is on my desk top so that i can look at the reflections on the apples....a commish in time for christmish...what a lucky ducky you are;)

12-11-2002, 10:50 PM
oh you could prolly pass a piece this way.... :D

Southern Style
12-12-2002, 01:26 AM
Beautiful! Yummy colors!

Alan Cross
12-12-2002, 02:02 AM
Well this part is yummy but I would like to see more!!
Alan :)

12-12-2002, 10:26 AM
The middle apple has a more natural value range than the other two.

R. Stem
12-12-2002, 11:12 AM


simon levenson
12-12-2002, 03:17 PM
here is the whole thing and i am working to finish it today and deliver it wet tomorrow and get paid and pay rent ...

Helen Zapata
12-12-2002, 05:50 PM
I love it.

I love it cropped, and I love it whole.

Dying to know what size it is. This is soooooo cool!


simon levenson
12-12-2002, 05:58 PM
according to the tape measure it is 30x40
according to me it is about 3 months on and off

Alan Cross
12-12-2002, 05:59 PM
cropped great......whole wonderful!
Hope you make rent!
Alan :)

12-12-2002, 06:09 PM
oh......gosh.......i can't imagine painting 30 x 40......

it's fabulous, simon...:)

12-12-2002, 07:09 PM
rent is important to make

12-12-2002, 08:42 PM
Wonderful, bright colors and I love it.

Helen Zapata
12-12-2002, 08:58 PM
oooo... 30x40 is one of my favorite sizes to work with. Beautiful job!!! :clap:


12-12-2002, 10:54 PM
hey rent and all, it is grand...i have saved it to peak at and learn.

12-12-2002, 11:43 PM
roller coaster reds

and rent


simon levenson
12-13-2002, 05:01 PM
Ok so I am outta here now to deliver... Here is a pic of me looking silly... thank you all for the notes... simon

12-13-2002, 05:03 PM
he he he, tickled myself again!

12-13-2002, 06:40 PM
simon...not silly at all...

great shot to show size of painting and how awesome it truly is from a distance too!!

hope you got a lot for it...:)

12-13-2002, 11:10 PM
you are silly but not silly looking...is that the material you used to the left of the picture...? i have noticed a few apple paintings on the site...do you paint them often? or am i mixing you and gavin up?

12-14-2002, 09:51 AM
You are confusing me for him. He is not silly looking, I am.

I do not paint apples, I make sauce out of them.

12-14-2002, 11:36 AM
Cool Couch
Is it hard to let this painting go?

12-14-2002, 02:08 PM
Nice painting.
I wonder about the way you use blue. I see this in Gavin's work occasionally and Phillipe's often.
You guys hurl a pure blue into a shadow or to strengthen a line and I wonder how it doesn't disturb you.
This is a genuine question and in no way a criticism.

12-14-2002, 02:30 PM


12-14-2002, 03:50 PM
Similar sensibilities, including color freedom. Color as value.

Them is fighting words where I come from.

12-14-2002, 05:19 PM
gavin...i have seen you do apples and bottles my friend...as for being silly well your a dad goes with the territory...

yes...there are apples on the site, simon. you have been busy as there are things that i had not seen here...there.

12-14-2002, 05:41 PM
I cannot touch the inspiration and acheivment/high conception of his unique inspired apples.

Simon paints apples, trust me.

12-16-2002, 12:18 AM
yes lets not compare apples to apples...certainly they do come from different trees...i am astounded by these.

12-16-2002, 02:21 AM
Simon, I'm glad you posted the second picture. The colors seem to be deeper in that shot. I like your use of blue, as well. Unexpected and nice.

simon levenson
12-16-2002, 10:22 AM
The color of the painting changes from photo to photo. Also from lighting to lighting. This is something I am thinking about a lot recently. I have been installing different lights in my studio and yet none of them are quite right. I find that mixing lights, usually a warm and a cool (though the companies sell them both as day lights) is the most balanced way. And then of course, the paintings are hung in homes with warm incandencant bulbs. That is ok, cause it is almost always nice to warm a painting up rather than cool it down.

I did not have this painting photographed professionaly. I am not sure why. It was wet and still is, on the clients wall. It will be wet for a long time because towards the end I used thick dabs of paint.

So the blue in the shadow, hmmmm. Well color is everything so one does not need an excuse to put it anywhere. NO, I mean color is over rated and should not be used nearly as much as people use it. Wait, Blue in the shadows, who ever heard of such a thing. I think my tendancy with that goes back to warm lights... cool shadows...

Here is the pic of the painting I am using on my website. Thank you all...

12-16-2002, 11:38 AM
I realize blue is often used in shadows. I suppose I should have been more precise. I meant I liked this particular bright blue - sort of a sky blue, almost a turqouise, it appears - that you use in this painting.

I am also struggling with how to photograph what I'm doing without glare, washing out colors, etc. Someday, hopefully, I'll stumble on the right combination of lights and camera settings....

Corrie Scott
12-18-2002, 10:31 PM
Absolutely delicious, as usual Simon.

12-19-2002, 12:21 AM
I really love this one, wish I could see it in person.


12-19-2002, 06:19 PM
yes, I admit to coming back to look at this one...
and thanks for posting the other pictures of it...
especially the one with you next to it...
truely puts size in perspective...
not to mension we get to see cute you...
(ok, just being silly...)

paint on!