|Bottles and pears|
My January exhibition was time consuming to manage and left me little painting time. Once it was finished I had a real urge to paint. The exhibition space influenced the sizes of the canvases I chose as I saw the paintings hanging in the cafe as I bought them: long and square canvases with a 61cm (24") edge.
What fits on long canvases? Well, bottles for one thing; the green (wine) and pink (bubbly) bottles from the exhibition opening party which happened to be still standing on the bench.
I added green pears and wine glasses but it took me a long time and many trials to make the painting interesting.
|Progress: bottles and pears|
|Liquid in the glasses (detail)|
Finally, as I was about to paint the whole canvas over, I sat my filled wine glass beside the bottles and noticed the interesting pattern made by the liquid in the glass.
I added some wine to the second glass and had fun capturing the patterns in paint.
In the meantime the pears had turned a lovely golden shade of yellow, much too beautiful to discard (ie eat) without trying to paint them anew.
I put them in a bowl and immediately started on a second painting.
|Bottles and pears 2|
(30.5 x 61 cm)
This second painting was finished in no time and I like it better than the first.