Friday, September 10, 2010
"Lil Crab Apples"
Oil on 8"x6" stretched canvas
While out for a bike ride the other day, I came across a tree full of what I thought were some sort of cherries. They were so colorful, I stopped and pulled off a couple twigs full of the fruit, and rode home to paint them. I was a little puzzled, since cherries are usually ripe early in the summer, not at this time of year, but, what do I know? When I got home, I discovered that they weren't cherries at all, but tiny little crab apples! Cute colorful little things.
I usually stain the white gessoed surface of my panel, or canvas first with a thin film of raw umber and wait for it to dry before I paint, but this time I was so anxious to paint them, that I just started right in on the white canvas that I had nearby. I used some stand oil as a medium, and was very happy with how the paint worked on the canvas. I think I'll try this method again, it seemed to work well, and it was a nice change.