Still Life

Oil Painting: Apple with Branch

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AppleWithBranch
Apple with Branch, 8.5 by 11, oil on hardboard, ©Deb Anderson

This painting was quick and painless – nice break from a lingering larger piece that I’m feeling less sure about. I used photos from our visit to an apple orchard last fall. We tried to pick properly without damage to the trees, but a few twig casualties did occur. For painting I like fruit with leaves and sticks attached – nice for context. I also enjoy the effects of light, like that golden, glowing reflection on the white plate.

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Oil painting of Cloudette’s White Rose

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6 by 6 inches, oil on hardboard, ©2015 Deb Anderson
6 by 6 inches, oil on hardboard, ©2015 Deb Anderson

My daughter has a white rosebush named Cloudette, and this is one of the delicate blooms.

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Oil Painting of a Peach Blossom

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10 by 10 inches, oil on hardboard, ©Deb Anderson
10 by 10 inches, oil on hardboard, ©Deb Anderson

We have peach blossoms! Last year the winter cold was too intense and there were none on our little front yard tree. Very pretty. The dutchman’s breeches, bluebells, hellebores, and daffodils are also going strong. We planted a tray of pansies last weekend. Flowers!!!

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Oil Painting: Pomegranate

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6 by 6 inches, oil on gessoed hardboard
6 by 6 inches, oil on gessoed hardboard

Chop chop, here’s that knife again. Pomegranates are a fairly new food for me. Not easy to eat, but interesting. The little jewel-like arils (had to look that up) remind me of red currants, which I have loved painting and eating. A neighbor has red currants in her extensive suburban fruit garden – maybe this will be year I follow her lead.

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Oil Painting: Wrapped Pear

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8 by 10 inches, oil on hardboard
8 by 10 inches, oil on hardboard

This pear was a gift from my excellent neighbor. Painting the crisp, translucent paper was a fun challenge. I almost waited too long to eat it – sweet and very ripe. I took a number of photos so I might try another angle on this. Happy new year!

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Oil Painting: Red D’Anjou Pears

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8 inches square, oil on hardboard
8 inches square, oil on hardboard

I had a dark gray drape hanging behind these pears. In paint it seemed heavy and severe with the orange and red. I was very tempted to wipe the whole painting. But I made the background lighter, and a little greener, and then lighter again and less green. Now it feels like sunrise and I’m happy with it.

We’re having some remodeling done and they’re putting big windows into the new room today. After many gray days the sun is shining and it’s bright and light and wonderful.

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