9 x 5 Oil on Canvas Board
This is one of my more recent paintings, completed in late November or early December (I can't really remember). My wife buys a lot of apples for our children, and these were the last two in the bag. I think they are crab apples, but don't hold me to that. I decided to paint them for two reasons. First, I liked the color variation. They were not just red. In some places they almost had a tan color. Second, I thought the shere-like shape of the apply would really help me work on my abilty to portray roundness and three dimensions.
To add a little variety (and difficulty) to the painting, I found an old board in my garagage and cut a chunck off the end. I really liked the way the grain popped out and thought it would add a good element to the painting.
To start I drew the picture using only a little raw umber. From there I added the background and the base. The background is cereluen (spelled wrong) blue, naples yellow, and zinc white. The base is a red hue, a touch of burnt umber, and zine white. There is a bit of a shadow on the picutre, so the base is difficult to see. But I tried to give a sense of depth by lighting the color as I went toward the horizon line.
Next I added the apples, starting with the one in the front. I basically started with the dark part of the apply and painted my way up, almost painting in a clockwise motion to move from dark to light. The last thing I added was the stem. The highlights are basically pure zinc white over a touch of red and, in most places, the pure white of the canvas. Once the first apple was complete I added the second using the same method.
I painted the wood board last. The most difficult part, and the one that took me longer than any other section of the painting, was the cut section of the board. I really struggled with the texture of the wood and trying to portray the cut of the wood. Once complete, I added the dark side of the wood, using titanium black, zinc white, and burnt siena to get the gray like color. I added the grain using straight burnt siena. Finally I added the lighted top section and the cast shadows using the same color mix, but a lot more white where appropriate.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the painting.