"Two Oranges (Blue Scrap)"
8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas
The last of my 8x8 orange paintings from Playa, and the only piece I made there that I'll be auctioning online.
It felt good to have familiar subject matter to fall back on during my first week at the residency - in an unfamiliar studio, in an unfamiliar landscape...an unfamiliar landscape with schizophrenic weather, I might add! One morning, I wake up to a rainbow, the next, SNOW! These pictures were taken from the same spot - I was just reluctant to venture all the way out to the railing to take the second one. Can you blame me? (By the way, both shots were taken between 7 and 8 am.)
With nature in such a blatantly experimental mood, I felt inspired to try some new things myself. Here's a pencil sketch on Arches oil paper that I painted over - from memory. It's amazing how having the sketch underneath helped my recall of color details, even with the still life itself dismantled.
I did spray-fix the graphite before painting on top.
6 x 12 inches, graphite and oil paint on Arches oil paper
collection of the artist ;)