Saturday, May 31, 2008

Pears of a Different Stripe, oil on gessoboard

" Pears of a Different Stripe "
8" x 10 "
Favorite fruit on favorite stripe cloth. I finished this painting last week, one of a series of pear paintings. I learn something new each time painting pears.
If you haven't seen Carol Marine's painting video demo it is well worth the visit: CLICK HERE Be sure to scroll down a ways to find the demo. I loved seeing her brush strokes and I picked up a couple of tips that I've tried on a large still life with tulips, which I will post as soon as it's finished.


christine mercer-vernon said...

hi jennifer, you could use this fabric in 100 paintings and i would never get bored with it. i really like how you captured every nuance of the subtle ripples. the pears are very nice as well, the reflected color handled so well, and the blush on the two right one's quite lovely....but i have to say the fabric steals the show in this one. :)

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks Christine, I only wish I had a few yards of this stripe fabric, just have a remnant. Thanks for visiting my work! I'm working on a large still life with a beautiful subtle floral love of fabric began when I learned to sew at age nine. My maternal grandmother taught me, she always let me use her craft materials, too. While I learned oil painting at a young age, I picked up batik in college and that was my main medium for 30 years. You can see some of my late batiks with acrylic overpainting on my main web site. and click the Animals or Giclee catagories...if you are interested. I know the difficulty of batik is what made me focus on compostion from the get backtracking or covering of mistakes are possible. While I loved doing batik, my evolved overpainting process was so much work, I was ready to switch to oils full time.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I agree about the striped fabric. It just blows me away.
I LOVE batik and bought a batik giclee from a Naples artist named Natalie Guess. I'll have to look.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Oh and the painting demo by Carol Marine is my favorite thing to watch these past few days. Generous of you to share it.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Mary. What I got from Carol's demo is how she drags the brush past the edge of the pepper which keeps the energy of that stroke pure. Then she comes back in with the background color to adjust. I have been working at keeping the edges softer until the time to put in more contrast, sharpening up some edges where I want contrast. Also, on large paintings if I am leaving unfinished areas I go back and smear/soften the edges. That way I can always make's difficult to cover up a hard edge that needs to go.