Friday, 21 March 2008

Two Apples

5"X7" Oil on canvas panel

Red Delicious and Royal Gala.

Until a couple of months ago I don't think I had ever painted a vegetable or a piece of fruit, certainly not in oils, but I am beginning to understand why food has been such a popular subject for still life painting for so many centuries.

First of all of course it is perfect for my daily paintings because it is always readily available, tends to be a little less complicated than flowers but has myriad

subtleties of tone and colour. Also there are the wonderful associations of taste and smell, I find that I can quite literally taste the fruit that I am painting and perhaps I am able sometimes able to depict that in paint. Can you paint a flavour? I would like to think so.