Wednesday, August 14

Paint a Small Still Life

I've been painting in the studio this week.

Although plein air painting seems to be an appealing way for painters to capture their surroundings, the reality is that when the temperature is more than 100 degrees F for a good part of the day, it's just too hot to paint outdoors.

You can't concentrate on anything at all, and it's not safe. Even in the shade.

So, as I said, I painted inside this week. But rather than painting from a reference photo, I decided to paint a very simple still life with two plums I had on hand.

I used alizarin crimson and cad red light for the plums against a backdrop of complementary violet and yellow.

It said summertime to me. I hope you like it.

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