Friday, April 9, 2010

"China Cup & Apple"



















6 x 6 oil on canvas SOLD

Here is a China Cup of
my Mom's that I have always
wanted to paint. It is
very plain except for the one
bit of ornate pattern
inside. I've always liked that
element...a bit of surprise
when the cup is full and
the flower barely shows. The
matching saucer is also
plain except for the flower
in the center where the
cup sits. Very elegant.
I sat the solid black cup in the
back just to get some interesting
reflections and balance
out the composition.


27 comments:

Cathyann said...

Oh, Gwen, the reflections you captured are so well done in this one! A clever way to add depth to the image; good work!

Kim said...

Ah... a return to elegance : ) It's beautiful Gwen. I am REALLY impressed with the way you handled the side of your teacup (perfect values, colours). And the reflection in the black cup! I bow to your mastery...

Carol Blackburn said...

Amazing Gwen, I can almost taste that Granny Smith apple. My favorite! I was wondering if you acheive the shine because it is oil paint?

Cori Lynn Berg said...

I love when cups or mugs have little surprises inside!

rahina q.h. said...

love the reflections in the darker cup and the glints of gold, beautifully captured Gwen!

L.Holm said...

Love the composition and the peak at the design in the cup. The reflections on that handle...oooh la la! superb.

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

From fish to elegance.
Love the reflection on the cup.
Great piece.

Dors said...

This is superb Gwen. Love the composition, the reflections, the colors.

Great job.

Angela Elledge said...

Beautiful painting, really love the reflection on the side of the tea cup!

Gwen, we're painting tomorrow around Turtle Creek, if you want to paint with us, e-mail me and I'll give you the location.

Megha Chhatbar said...

The cup is actually elegant and delicate...I too loved the composition and the depth you have added to it!

Barbara M. said...

Gorgeous Gwen,
I love the way the apple has such green grace,
as if to say teacup you are lovely ...but.

Wonderful,

Take care,

Barbara

Rishi Kapil said...

Lovely colours , very subtle shades but the painting speaks a lot for itself albeit in a simple language.

Marie Theron said...

I love the colors and also the composition, Gwen! Nothing is really IN the picture, the objects all go beyond the picture space, yet it is very successful!

martinealison said...

Très jolie et délicate tasse pour un thé à la pomme? Hum, j'arrive!... Belle peinture. Félicitations.

Dean Grey said...

Gwen!

This looks really elegant yet I have a slight critique!

The left side of the apple is a bit too bright IMHO. Perhaps if that edge was a bit darker it wouldn't pop so much and would blend in with the rest of the still life better. Now it sort of floats rather than sitting with the other objects.

But this is minor and can be easily fixed!

-Dean

Edward Burton said...

Very beautiful, Gwen. I love the reflections in the dark cup - wonderful idea!

Art with Liz said...

Oh I love your silly fish Gwen! And this is beautiful. The way you've captured the reflections is just perfect!

Dana Cooper said...

Lovely painting, Gwen, I love the cup and I like that you put the black cup behind for the reflections and the balance.

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Whoa, I love this one, Gwen! I love the cropping, and what a great job you did on the GOLD.

Sally McLean said...

Gwen this is beautiful in it's simplicity and yet so masterful the way you have captured reflection and reflected surface light. You are such a still life master!! Love it !

suzanneberry said...

Another beauty! You fruit studies are just amazing!

Karen Bruson said...

Wow, this came out great. Love the reflections on the left side of the black cup.

LindaHunt said...

A very nice little painting. I really like the reflection on the black cup. I don't know why but I think Vermeer! Nicely done.

Dayna Talbot said...

Gwen.....love the composition! The variaitions of green are fabulous!

Barbara Pask said...

Wonderful painting, I love the teacup and your composition. Are you taking Susan's portrait workshop?

Dean H. said...

Great work, Gwen! I like the balance of the three elements in this composition! Great reflections, too!

Catherine Jeffrey said...

Great composition and reflections. I feel like I can pick that apple up and take a bite! Love the touch of gold in the tea cup handle.