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Friday, August 14th, 2009

Citrus - A Painting a Day

Daily Painting #42 – Citrus
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Oil on gessoed matboard
Approximately 5.5 x 7.5 inches — 14 x 19 cm
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Inspired by daily paintings #41 – Country Breakfast and #27 – Calamansi (the sprig I used here is actually one which I cut from my Mom’s calamansi plant).

When I do my pencil drawings, I add an extra 3/4″ (1.9 cm) margin around the paper to give clients some allowance for framing. When I started doing a painting a day, I borrowed that practice so all of my previous daily paintings also had margins of about 3/4″ (1.9 cm) — a third of which was painted on while the rest was left unpainted.

I noticed, however, that oil paintings by other artists do not have white borders so just to conform to standards, starting with this painting, I won’t be including the usual 3/4″ (1.9 cm) margin. I will still leave about 1/4″ (6 mm) though, but that will be painted on as well.

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Country Breakfast

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Country Breakfast - A Painting a Day

Daily Painting #41 – Country Breakfast
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Oil on gessoed matboard
Approximately 5.5 x 5.5 inches — 14 x 14 cm

I missed posting a painting yesterday because our computer and internet connection were not working. The computer has been fixed, but the internet connection is still very slow. To make up for yesterday, I’ll try to post two today.

I’ve always wanted to try a loose painting style, and all the while I was working on this, I kept thinking, “loose, loose, loose.” It still turned out pretty controlled, but I’m pleased with it.

I think I am attracted to compositions with cloth in them. Somehow, I feel that they easily transform an ordinary still life into one which tells a story. I liked the effect so much that ideas for new arrangements immediately came into my mind, such as painting #42 (will post that in a little while).

I’m not sure why, but this painting speaks to me of a quiet country kitchen in the early morning (hence the title). Perhaps it is because of the lighting, or maybe the color scheme, or maybe the Bobby Goldsboro songs that I listened to while working on it…

Note: I try to make the images on this blog as accurate as possible, but I could not make the orange here a little less redder without making the apple too yellow. There is also some glare showing, especially on the wood board, making the brushstrokes more obvious than they really are.

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