|Still life setup|
A good thing about painting still lifes is that I have a complete control over the subject matter and lighting. If I choose fruits and vegetables, I get to eat them afterwards. Flowers will adorn my house after posing for me as long as they are long-lasting kinds. I learned the tricky business of painting fickle flowers hard way last year, when I tried to paint pink parrot tulips from my garden. I ended up finishing the largish painting from a photograph, which I think negated the purpose of painting a still life from life!
|"Pink Parrot Tulips" (oil, 20" x 16")|
click here to buy
So the yellow mum, a very long-lasting flower, was a wise choice for a still life of autumn colors. The small Hubbard pumpkin with the most enchanting pinkish orange color alone would have made a painting, but in order to make it more companionable, I also picked up delicious, multi-colored, cherry tomatoes. How about getting all the "ingredients" for my painting at a grocery store!
The gold ribbon was added for a graceful flow between the foreground tomatoes and the background mum. I cannot believe that I managed to paint this rather ambitious arrangement in such a small canvas!