The painting 7 Poppy Seed Pods was first inspired by color choice. While visiting a friends garden I found she had a mass of spent poppies. I’ve always been intrigued with poppy pods shape and color. Their color is a silky blueish green and they wear little crowns of brown tipped with yellow giving the illusion of little heads. Cut those poppy seed pods in half horizontally and you have a wonderfully symmetrical flower shape inside. Call me a nerd but I find it facinating how mathematics shapes our world in this way.
The background choice is terracotta. This brownish red works so well with the beauty of the 7 poppy seed pods I’ve painted in this piece. Like my Vinca Vine painting natural colors just pop when paired a terracotta brown.
Fruit in the window was inspired by watercolor paintings. In particular a book I had read entitled Paint Watercolors That Dance With Light by Elizabeth Kincaid. This book takes the reader from showing the reader how to view scenes in blocks of color and shapes to painting what they see using various painting techniques.
My photograph, Fruit in the Window, captures the same qualities of light as Elizabeth’s watercolor paintings. In this photo you can see various fruits sitting on a wide wooden window kitchen counter. You’ll find the bananas cradled in their black net of the fruit hammock. Granny smith apples, plums, peaches, melons and even two avocados can be seen together.
The light source is the window behind the food. The filtered sunlight can be seen streaming through thick green rhododendron leaves muted and distorted like in an impressionism painting. On the window sill itself is a bright blue vase holding white paper flowers.
Fruit In The Window
The image glows with the summer’s afternoon sun. I wish I could paint as well as I see, this is why I read art instruction books. Hopefully I can apply what I read to good use.