Monday, August 10, 2009

Still Life with Red Cabbages

" Cabbage Patch I "
Oil
24"x24"

Big, beautiful cabbages from my friend, Dick's garden. I took the photos in November after a frost. I love the muted blue-violet and red-violet colors contrasting with the yellow-greens in the grass. I used lots of glazing to create rich shadows.

I will be taking a few weeks off from painting to catch up around here (after two summer shows I am behind). Spending time with my son before he heads back to college and pulling weeds in my much neglected flower beds are top priorities. I will be teaching a workshop in two weeks and have several private students that I will be working with, too. My students keep me on my toes. I do enjoy teaching and encouraging others in their art work.

I hope you all are having a wonderful summer..it is flying by.


20 comments:

Christine Mercer-Vernon said...

beautiful! such a unique subject, great composition and that colors are really remarkable. wish i could see this one in person. :)

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Christine. I think the cabbages fit in with my current succulent series, may just need to rename the series..how about "unfolding"? Thanks for visiting my blog!

Karen said...

This is beautiful! The colors are so rich. Layering the oils as you do has given this such depth, it is a wonderful painting!

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Hi Karen, I'm glad you like the effect of all the glazing...I would like to see what an alla prima painter would do with red cabbages...I tend to get a bit tight with my larger paintings. On the little 6"x6" size I'm looser but then those are painted on gessoed panels not canvas. I'm thinking I might ditch the canvas when I run out and just see how I do on really large panels.

K. Henderson Art said...

Very Eye catching. Nicely done

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks K. Now to find a green cabbage patch!

Pam Holnback said...

As always, beautiful colors. My eye kept moving around the canvas to each leaf.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Pam..it is quite an active painting. I have always been drawn to open flowered plants. Blue-violets aren't that common in nature so I think it helps the viewer stop and look longer, too.

Diana Marshall said...

Wonderful painting, you have made the humble red cabbage into a masterpiece! Love your succulents as well, just gorgeous. All the information that you write is so interesting and useful, glad I have found your blog.
Thanks.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Hi Diane. I appreciate your comments. I hadn't thought of the cabbabe as being humble..but you are right! I love cabbage because while it is delicious, it also remains in the vegetable bin of my refrigerator patiently staying fairly fresh until I decide to eat it, which, I am embarressed to say can be quite a long while.

1000 paintings said...

Wow, that one is really a tough one. You really nailed it.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Glad you like it. It was complex. I used a premixed palette of colors and on my black & white sketch I made notations of values so I wouldn't get lost..a road map so to speak. It makes it much more relaxing to know I can quickly tell which value/color I need.

Barbara Pask said...

Really amazing work, a very complicated subject handled perfectly.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Barbara. For some reason I was patient and just worked through, one leaf at a time for the underpainting. Then glazing and scumbles to get the darks and lights to come to life. I love glazing..its fast and easy and you don't lose any of the underpainting, it only enhances it.

Caio Fernandes said...

hi Jennifer !!
i am very well impressed with your works and your blog .
they way you painting is very inspiring .
it was veri nice to meet you today !!

Jennifer Bellinger said...

And nice to meet you, Caio! I'm glad you like my paintings. I will visit your blog to see what you are up to.

Rob Hazzard said...

Beautiful work, such nice detail without being too fussy. I tried painting a cabbage this summer and didn't plan it out well enough and I did indeed end up with a mess. Your painting inspires me to give it another crack.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Rob. Yes, give cabbages another go. I used many glazes and scumbles. As for planning the old saying, when I fail to plan, I plan to fail! It can be a simple set up or a very detailed painting..I still need a plan, if not on a black and white photo of my subject then at least a thumb nail sketch. I also start with a rough idea of my approach to which area to tackle first..an all over approach or background to forground, etc. I find that each painting is a bit different. The cabbages required a "value plan" where I preplanned the values and made notes on my black and white photo..just so I wouldn't go nuts and could paint faster. I still get lazy sometimes and skip the "plan", usually when I'm plein air painting and it always ends up a mess. It saves time to have a plan.

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

I would never have thought a cabbage could be so beautiful.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks for your comment...yes, there is beauty to be found in the lowly cabbage!