Thursday, October 21, 2010

Pumpkins, Squash & Wheat-sold

oil on canvas panel 8x8 inches
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Fall decor is so festive and makes for great painting subjects. This painting is from a few days ago---a dark rainy day I spent all cozy inside with my paint and brushes, happy as can be! The color caught my eye of course, as did the shiny spots and varying sizes. With all round shapes I needed line so I added the stalk of wheat which really gave me a challenge. I wanted to indicate the pattern of grains but not be fussy about it. Though I wiped out the wheat three times, the final result is just what I had in mind. The deep dark greens in the back squash were so fun....thalo green and alizarin...what a rich powerful combo! Tomorrow I'm off to Tustin Plein Air again. Yipee!


  1. My first thought (and I think this a lot) is I wish I could paint like that! The green squash is amazing. Didn't realize you used alizarin, but now I can see it. You captured the texture and colors in so few strokes. Actually, the same thing with the wheat and the other vegetables. I really like this!

  2. Beautiful and festive color. I love the texture in both the wheat stalk and the squash in the back.

  3. Well done, Karen. I agree with above comments, and great composition as well.


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