20 x 16 inches, oil on canvas
When I sat down in front of this groaningly overloaded platter of persimmons, I knew I'd better start with a get-comfortable sketch. I wasn't working out the composition as much as familiarizing myself with the interaction and movement of the fruit within the dish. The larger painting just flowed off my brush - I even enjoyed the drapery - which makes me think I may be entering another drapery phase. It's a good way to spend chilly late-fall afternoons, really: cuddled up to my studio space heater, immersed in the details of folds.
This preparatory sketch is the final offering of my One Dollar Auction week, and bidding is open for a couple more days:
"Persimmon Plenty (sketch)"
8.5 x 6 inches, oil on paper