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Two Sweets – Daily Painting

January 25th, 2007

“Two sweets” 5 1/8″ x 7 1/8″
Oil on canvas mounted on hardboard. Available.

While I finish up my larger painting, here’s a little one for today – two chocolates from Trader Joes. They were presented as pralines, but they are actually milk chocolate. The red ones have an amaretto flavor, the silver ones are tiramisu and chocolate. Very very delicious.

Today, on the way back from lunch, I spent some time looking at liquidambar trees. We have an assignment in our watercolor class to study trees very carefully this week, no doubt in preparation for some tree painting on Saturday. I like drawing trees and painting them as well. I guess you just can’t study something too much, can you? I thought I might be bored by the tree drawing assignment because I paint trees so often, but I’m finding, as I expected, that nothing dealing with art is boring to me. At least not now. Well, washing brushes is sort of boring, and gessoing canvases, but the creating part is endlessly enjoyable.

7 Comments »

  1. You’ve done a great job on getting the reflections on the wrappers. Fabulous.

    Comment by Detlef — January 25, 2007 @ 9:50 pm
  2. Detlef, thank you. I had to position the setup pretty close to me because those reflections are tiny! I kept peering at them, then back at the canvas. Peer, paint, repeat, etc. One thing that helped was trying to forget about the idea of shininess and just see shape and value. Only when I stood back from it did it look shiny. Interesting experience!

    Comment by Karen — January 25, 2007 @ 9:57 pm
  3. This is just beautiful. I think the effort that you describe putting into this shows in the way this painting transcends its subject matter. There’s an emotional layer here that’s very difficult to describe. Sorry if that sounds incoherent – this painting touches a chord with me – it has an emotional honesty – I love it!

    Comment by Casey — January 26, 2007 @ 4:09 am
  4. Oh wow. Lovely lovely lovely. Nice sort of precious mood. The reflections are fantastic, but the shadows you’ve done are really wonderful, too. Mmmm-mm!

    Comment by Wendee — January 26, 2007 @ 10:21 am
  5. Wow! Such a simple subject with great results. Like I could open them up and start eating.

    Comment by TeriC — January 26, 2007 @ 2:10 pm
  6. cant type…too early…thanks:> Very nice….and great reflections…have heard rumors of Trader JOes from a Ca friend…one day maybe they will build one here …ah yah right:>
    THANKS KAREN!

    Comment by margaret hunt — January 29, 2007 @ 5:17 am
  7. I can’t get over how realistic that foil is. Wow. :)

    Comment by laserone — January 29, 2007 @ 10:41 pm

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