Monday, January 25, 2010

"Fresh Asparagus"



















6 x 6 oil on masonite SOLD

Finally! I'm painting again. Got my new brushes and other
supplies. This is my first painting after the Carol Marine
Workshop. I used a pink ground, not really recommended,
but I think it works well with the pink areas of the Asparagus
and the lavender backdrop.


24 comments:

Carol DeMumbrum said...

Love It!! My favorite color combo.

Gary Keimig said...

I too like how you handled the background on this painting. Good choice and well done.

Cannery Painters said...

I love it Gwen, and I can see the influence of Carol Marine! The color combination is beautiful.
Was the pink background a wash or an opaque layer...was it dry before you started painting on it?

Kim said...

Nice Gwen!

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Ohh, this is great! I really like the colors in this. I love the way the pink shows through in the background and bounces off the green. Killer!

Edward Burton said...

Beautifully painted, Gwen, and such wonderful colors!

Sheila said...

I can see how everyone was drawn to your choice of color like I was. It really pops! I love how you can see the purple at the base of the asparagus which is how they truly look. Love it!

rahina q.h. said...

good to hear you are up and running again Gwen! and what a start, lovely brushwork and i can see small sweeps of the Carol Marine influence!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Glad you got your materials problem solved--can't just stop painting!

The greens and lavenders work so well together here, Gwen. Nice job.

Catherine Jeffrey said...

Very strong colors. I like the way the elastic around the asparagus brings your eye to the foreground and then the shadow from the spears and the table takes it around the painting.
PS I will be sending that photo of the surface preparation I do shortly...being in house reno mode, my time has been so limited!

David Larson Evans said...

Yes... the color combo,the painterly method, even the little band around the spears, perfecto.

Gwen Bell said...

Thanks for all the encouraging comments! I usually start with a black ground so this was a leap of faith. Y'all make me feel like I can do it again!

suzanneberry said...

WOW!!! I can see the influence. This is among my favorite color combinations. Beautifully done. There's nothing like getting new supplies. It's like a new box of crayons. I just received my first set of really great brushes. Problem is, now I don't want to mess them up so I keep using the old ones. I'll be back, been busy but want to read up on what it was like.

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Oh and new brushes, yay!! How totally fun. LOVE this asparagus. And that wonderful elastic looks so delightful. Glad you're getting back on track.

Dean H. said...

Love the hot ground peeking through the asparagus! Background color is tremendous against the strong greens!

Carol Horzempa said...

I think the pink background works amazingly well! The rubberband really draws your eye in ...very strong painting with the asparagus standing and dark shadows below. Perfect!

Art with Liz said...

Great painting Gwen - again all that luscious paint and asparagus just delicious!

Michelle said...

Hi Gwen, This is really a beautiful use of color...very soothing! Very envious to hear you too a workshop with Carol Marine ...but so sorry to hear that you lost your paintbrushes :(

Rosemary said...

Beautiful, Gwen! The pink ground gives it the lovely glow that really sets off the asparagus! Beautiful palette! I'm so happy to hear you have new brushes and are back in the studio! Four years ago I couldn't find my canvas brush carrier after a workshop. Made calls, etc. etc. before sadly giving up the search. Last year I found the carrier neatly packed in a cardboard box in the closet for our fall move back to Florida that year! I hadn't labeled the box and had no idea what was in it! Somehow it had gone into the closet rather than the van. Your orange bag may still surface! Hope so!

Ramesh Jhawar said...

Wow Gwen! Such beautiful colors!!

Dean Grey said...

Gwen!

Did you not like the pink in this one?

I think it turned out great!

The background appears to have multiple layers of soft blues, purples, and pinks all combined. It sort of reminds me of the sky!

Very pretty and it goes so well with the green of the asparagus.

-Dean

Nancy Everett said...

Love the background color showing through! Nice!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Love it. Simple and dramatic. Did you just love the workshop?

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

This is beautiful. And I hope you find your Home Depot bag full of all your stuff! Glad you got back to painting anyway :)