In the interest of getting my abstract on, I wanted to try something a little bit different when painting a still life – something a little bit abstract, a little bit folky. So this is what I came up with.
All of this just came out of my head and I did not draw anything from life. However, there was something bugging me about this and I realised that the composition was all wrong. I should have either just used all apples or all pears or had the apple between the pears. I tried painting out the apple with Titanium White and making a new pear, but I couldn’t get the colors right for the new pear. I didn’t want to throw away the canvas, so I decided to try something different.
I used newsprint to cover 2 pears. The wording on the newsprint is actually about food. I added more paint to everything and finished off outlining with a sharpie. I think I need a thicker sharpie for this type of thing. Although not perfect, I think it is better than before and I will be more inclined to use collage in future works. I might try this again, but will probably lose the pear at the top (definitely the shadow) and use collage in the middle of the painting and make the jugs bigger. I really love the colors though. This is where it really pays to make thumbprints before starting the painting but I got really excited and started without thinking things through! 🙂