Friday, January 28, 2011

Just Peachy, Peaches, still life with fruit

"That's Just Peachy"
Copyright 2011 J. Bellinger

I forgot to post this painting earlier in January. The blue tablecloth I have had for 25 years and has finally made it into my still life stash of fabrics. I went shopping for new fabrics to inspire more in the white plate/fruit series. Stay tuned.
Art tip # 25:
People are so intrigued by the fuzziness of the peaches but we painters know it is just a matter of mixing that really grayed color..same for plums. Mix what you see and it will read correctly..isolate the color with a small 2x3 cardboard with a hole punched in the middle. Hold it over the area you want to identify the color..give that color you see a name. More than likely you will be hesitant to name it because it is so neutral. Ask yourself "is it yellowish or blueish?" I find that is more helpful than "warmer or cooler" (I got that tip from watching Daniel Greene's dvd on color mixing..excellent dvd by the way.


Virginia Floyd said...

Lovely, Jennifer. I'm in awe of the tablecloth. Your depections of fabric are alway wonderful.

I bought a red-striped tea-towel this week to try to move out of my comfort zone. It may take a long time to accomplish that move!

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Virginia. Painting fabric, or drapery really, is a matter of studying where the lights, midtones and shadows are with blending where each zone touches. I also do a lot of scumbling/dragging on of lights. Happy painting!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

right! Gray!!
You do the fabrics so well and I'm sitting on a stash of stripes and.....avoiding them :(
I need to be braver...what do I have to lose...sheesh

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Mary, You will do just fine painting stripes, they are just shapes of color like everything else.