Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Wednesday's Fruit


Still Life with Oranges - After Arthur Easton

I finished my first oil painting today at our Wednesday art group.

My reference was a tutorial by Arthur Easton in the book An Introduction To Painting Still Life by Peter Graham. I found it very difficult to work out the values in the lovely subtle original. I would have found it easier with a photograph or, better still, setting up my own composition. I'm sure it wouldn't have looked as good but I'd have had a better idea of what I was doing.

I love Arthur Easton's paintings and it was a joy just looking at the reference in the book.



15 comments:

Dave said...

Looks pretty good to me! I don't know Easton's work; I'll have to look him up.

Lin said...

WOWZA! Robyn!! This is magnificent! The shading on the linen is outstanding! as is the vase and oranges -- and ALL of it!!! BRAVA!

juj said...

WOW! What a beautiful sight. I can't believe this is your first attempt with oils. I can't wait to see what you do when you have free reign. I'm not familiar with Easton's work either, and maybe his is more subtle, but I have to say I love love love the way the oranges pop against all the other neutrals.

caseytoussaint said...

This does look really good, Robyn. Now if you do your own composition his techniques will work for you and it'll be all yours.

Africantapestry said...

What a stunning still life Robyn!The colors of the oranges are just beautiful and your shadows give lovely dimension and depth...I love the delicate shadow under the twig...great work!
Ronell

Robyn said...

Dave - Thanks :) I'm still having trouble posting on your blog. Sometimes there's no place for comments.

Lin - Thank you. You always make me smile with our comments.

Judi - Many thanks. I must say, it was when I worked out the oranges that I realised that I could get hooked on oils. Prior to that it was tough going.

Casey - Thanks. I fear it's not going to be that easy - he also chose the palette for me. But thanks for your encouragement.

Ronell - Thanks so much. I'm even more in awe of your oils now I've discovered just how difficult it can be to make them do what I want.

Robyn said...

Dave - I've just managed to post on your blog after all. Maybe the site takes a little while after you've posted to offer the 'post a comment' option.

mARTa said...

Come mi piace la tua natura morta Robyn. I have to practice my Italina even though I might not be sayiing things correctly...but I'm sure you get it! I'm excited about your adventures into oil and am getting close to one day taking a class. This is beautiful! Brava!

Mary said...

This is really very beautiful Robin! Nice to see you painting oil.

Robyn said...

Marta - You shame me with your dedication to Italian. Thank you for your encouragement - both in art and language.

Mary - Thank you. How lovely to have you call in. I just saw what you have been up to recently. Beautiful, beautiful work!

Paula said...

I've just come across your page and want to drop you a note to say I've really enjoyed your images.

The iris in particular are quite beautiful. Oh heck, I liked everything.

I'll mark your page and stop in regularly.

Anita said...

Lovewly work Robyn!

Robyn said...

Paula - Many thanks. I'd better get cracking with some more posts!

Anita - Many thanks :)

Katherine said...

Rpbyn - this is simply STUNNING for a first oil painting. Well done! [lots of clappies!]

Robyn said...

Katherine - Thank you! I haven't had the courage to start another. I'll be on my own next time.

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