Star Anise

Star Anise - Oil - Painting a Day

Daily Painting #54 – Star Anise
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Oil painting on gessoed matboard
Approximately 5.5 x 5.5 inches — 13.97 x 13.97 cm
US$100 plus shipping
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This painting went through a few different phases while I was working on it as I didn’t plan thoroughly beforehand. The first setup included peppercorns as well as some laurel leaves showing around the edges. After I laid in the background, I decided not to include the laurel leaves. Then just before finishing the painting, I realized that the peppercorns were out of place among the star anise so I turned them into anise seeds instead.

I also initially planned on the background being white, but I felt adventurous so I played around with phthalo blue. I’m glad I didn’t completely blend out the brushstrokes and the phthalo blue as I think they add interest to the background. Hmmm, showy brushstrokes and phthalo blue always seem to remind me of paintings by Michael Naples or Carol Marine. If you haven’t already, check them out and feast your eyes on some gorgeous contemporary paintings with vibrant colors and expressive brushwork. They are a constant source of inspiration for me.

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