Monday, January 04, 2010

Pomegranates

8" x 10" oil on linen panel

Happy New Year everybody! I continue with my series of still lifes. I find that painting these as opposed to plein air landscapes really works with my schedule and family life. I'm able to set up somewhere in the house instead of going off into the garage studio to paint. I'm isolated enough from my family as it is. I usually throw down a piece of black velvet which absorbs much of the light and makes for a nice value contrast.

detail (1)

I even pulled out the quinacridone red for this one. It worked nicely for some of the cooler reds.

13 comments:

Peter Hobden said...

I admire your economy of brushwork.
Best wishes for the new year

Peter

PleinEric said...

Thanks Peter... and best wishes to you as well!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Wow! These pomegranates look good enough to eat!!
Happy New Year to you and yours Eric!

Paintopolis said...

Nice ones my friend! -J

PleinEric said...

Thank you Jennifer... I didn't have as much trouble NOT eating these as I do the pies and goodies!

James - did I detect a Brazilian accent when you said "friend"? I heard "fren" :) Lunch soon?

Donald Yatomi said...

these are so nice Eric! I'm glad you are posting again!

PleinEric said...

Thanks Donald... I'm aiming at more consistency in the posting.

paintopolis said...

Eric -- Beautiful pomegranates! You're right on about still lifes vs. landscapes for time and availability. I've been thinking along the same lines lately and might be delving into something similar. -- Kevin

PleinEric said...

Kevin: Delve away my friend! I've also started experimenting with a custom box for controlling the light bounce with still lifes. My next post will show a painting done that way. It's basically a cardboard box with a window cut out on the top in which to aim your light through. You also cut out the side of the box facing you (duh) so you can see into it - but this basically give you fine control over bounce light. Stronger shadow shapes and modeling this way...

Eric Merrell said...

Hi Eric, great pomegranates, really like that adobe below too! Cheers for the New Year -

PleinEric said...

Thank you Eric - and back at you with the New Year wishes.

Ty Carter said...

AWESOME!!!!

PleinEric said...

Tyler: THANK YOU!!!!