Sunday, July 14, 2013
Farmers Market #5
Farmers Market #5
Two Pounds of Peaches
8x6in oil on canvas panel $125. SOLD
I loved this scale as soon as I saw it. There were
several of them throughout the market, but I liked the
deep blue trim on this enameled basket.
This started as a demo in establishing basic shapes
from this photo. Click to enlarge any of these.
Demo - first layer.
The trouble with
photos are I tend to
follow them pretty
All I changed here was
the stall in background
It bugged me that so many other elements were detracting from the
focus I wanted - which was the scale.
I cannot believe I did it, but I even placed the truck and cars in after this.
Oh no...someone smack my hand and stop me!
I closed my eyes, relaxed, and took myself back to the time and place of my
photo source. Doing this simple thing has helped me more times
than I can remember. The air, the noise, the smell and then
there it was as clear as can be - the scale. In my mind I recalled
how the glass looked and remembered all I could see in detail
was the color of the tent reflecting in the scale glass and fruit around
it. NOTHING ELSE.
It is only the camera which can pick out every single detail.
After getting the handy tool out it was easy to get rid of some of the
distractions. Squinting turned the trees and vehicles into dark shapes
so I merged them all into the green cover and a pattern of dark and light.
I left the scale exactly where it was but eliminated all
unnecessary details, even leaving out the precise details on clock face
like the exact width and numbers. All implied but not
painted in detail. Even so, I still created a feeling of intimacy with the scale.
Now I really like it. The artist who bought it named it
Two Pounds of Peaches - nifty!
Labels: farmers market., fracturing technique, impressionism, julie ford oliver daily painter. blog, landscape, oil on canvas, peaches, Santa Cruz CA, weigh scale.
I am a painter living in Las Cruces, NM. After many years as an illustrator I turned to fine art to develop my own artistic voice. I currently teach talented and enthusiastic artists in oil, acrylic and egg tempera painting. I am also a member of the Artist Guild of Southern New Mexico.