Friday, June 20, 2008

Bananas and Tangerine

8x10 Oil on Ampersand Hardbord
I thought I would try and do something with a painting that I had started quite a few weeks ago. I had put it away, since I didn't like it very much -for whatever reason, I don't really know. I wish I would have taken a picture of it before I started working on it again, but I didn't. Well, I fixed it up a little, and I'm still working on it, I think I might need to add something in the lower right, near the seems unbalanced to me with the banana in the back going out of the picture and nothing to balance it out on the other side... I can't just take that banana out, because thats what the tangerine is sitting on... hmmmmm Maybe I'll just have to put it away again for a while.... I don't know yet.


  1. Debbie, this is beautifully rendered, I enjoyed viewing up close and seeing your subtle colors in the banana. I have a suggestion for the bottom right corner. Rather than adding another item, why not use a shadow or darker area of table top coming in from the right border. Because the light source in from the right, an object from outside the picture could be casting a shadow that could be rendered subtly without drawing your eye to it. The darker shape would balance things out I think. Maybe set your scene up again and play with the shadow and see what you can do. It's already a great still life, but I think this might improve it without a lot of effort.

  2. marilyn, thank you for being so thoughtful about my painting, and for the suggestions. I read your comments as I was ready to post my finished picture, and I was pleasantly surprised that what you suggested is very close to what I wound up doing!! Isn't that something?!

  3. Debbie,
    Your paintings are perfectly ripened.
    Happy brushing.


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