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Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Asparagus 1.

This was another one of those "I daren't put this on my blog" paintings, but after a while, I decided to post it. I bought some beautiful bunches of asparagus last weekend and thought how magnificent they were as objects and had a wonderful half hour photographing them in all their glory. The photographs were so inspiring and dramatic, I thought painting them would be a pleasure. Not so. I am so out of practice with all my work, especially still lifes, so it is not surprising I struggled. I struggled mainly with colour. The values were very stark and dramatic and my usual fight to find the absolute match with the greens made this work challenging. I also found it almost impossible to match the exact colour of the brown wrapping paper they were placed on and this colour struggle went through four incarnations before I managed to get reasonably close. I have three other photographs of this beauteous vegetable, and I am not giving up on them. I have learned a lot about this and I am going to try some new techniques and processes for the other three. I'm nothing if not persistent!

"Asparagus I"
Oil on Canvas - 8" x 8"

5 comments:

Chartan said...

I love it! Post everything and get feedback girl.... perhaps the cropping could be improved, that's my only criticism, and that's only, perhaps...

Anne C M Campbell said...

Hi Charlotte and thanks! Ya, the cropping. That is actually a bit of a ding in the wooden stretcher of the (cheap) canvas. It is slightly curved up at the end. The canvas has also been stretched at a slight angle. I'm starting to really detest canvas.

AutumnLeaves said...

I am awed by this piece, knowing it is an oil. I truly thought I was looking at a watercolor! I think it is a lovely piece...

Anne C M Campbell said...

Thanks Sherry - it might have been easier in oil too!!

Anne C M Campbell said...

Sherry, I meant it might have been eaiser in WATERCOLOUR!!