It was fun to do a loose colorful painting for no reason. I did an under painting with purple pastel smeared around with alcohol. This dries much faster and I can begin painting right away. I blocked in the pears and added the highlights. I will post them on the Pearathon where you can post paintings of pears, too. There are some great paintings there already.
I used the same technique for these apples. I brushed on a green background with alcohol. The dark background is green and red to make the apples stand out. I chose Jonathan apples as they have a variety of color. It is amazing, though, that even the Granny Smith or Delicious apples are not just green and red. I really prefer painting from life so I can see the color in the shadows. I guess that is why I like to paint still life and landscapes. Now I'm off to go eat the models!
Photos: Oh, before I go, we went to the golf course yesterday, too. Here are some photos from the beautiful day.
I wasn't close to the turtles, but captured a few anyway. There is one climbing out of the water on the far shore. You can see more turtle photos in these posts.
A couple of huge gold fish (??), in the water. These are at least 2.5 feet long. I would say longer, but that would sound like a fish story, right? they are a couple of feet under the water and 15 feet or so from the edge. Impressive size. We hadn't seen the fish in ages. Guess the rain brought them into view.