Saturday, May 8, 2010

"Japanese Maple & Oranges"


















10 x 10 oil on canvas panel SOLD


I have a small Japanese Maple in my front yard.
The leaves
are the darkest maroon and green.
I thought they would
look nice with an orange.

When I was doing the set up I spaced the orange
slices evenly inside the bowl and intended to do
a birdseye view. However, the reflection on the
side of the bowl kept calling to me so this version
is what I ended up going with.

33 comments:

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Unusual, and very fascinating! I like this a lot, Gwen.

Nancy Merkle said...

Beautiful painting--I have to agree, those reflections are especially eye-catching!

Crystal Cook said...

Good choice! I LOVE those reflections, you are so good at that :)and I love Japanese Maples, I gotta get me one of those.

Linda said...

The shadows and reflections are beautiful, Gwen. The leaves and oranges make a nice composition. It is so beautifully painted.

Violetta Smith said...

This is very nice. I especially like the reflection on the bowl.

Sheila said...

Japanese Maple trees are my favorite! I remember reading a story when I was a child where an artist dipped a chicken's feet in paint and let it run across a piece of paper. The foot prints ended up looking like red maple leaves floating down a creek. I LOVE your edamame painting too!

Caroline Bray Art said...

This is an excellent composition with the strong plump orange slices against the delicate and slender leaves. I love the shadows and refletions. Fabulous!

Carol Blackburn said...

Real nice, Gwen. You do orange slices so beautifully. Enjoy Mother's Day.

suzanneberry said...

What a lovely pairing!! The maple leaves go perfectly with the orange slices and so beautifully composed as well! Your fruit still lifes are not just fruit arranged and painted, there's something much deeper and mysterious that pulls one in to each composition. Another bravo my friend!

Dean H. said...

Good choice to go with the reflections! You have done them well. Also a great choice on the supporting background color. Excellent!

LindaHunt said...

This is a very pleasing painting. I think the maple leaves add an exotic feeling to this piece. I love the reflection in the bowl.

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

Very nice piece.
I love it!
Thats how I love to start my day, with great painting.
Happy Mothers day.

Dors said...

Beautiful job Gwen. The leaf reflection is lovely in the dish.

Vern Schwarz said...

Those reflections are cool, and the maple leaves have interesting shapes...almost herb like. Very nice painting Gwen.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I love what you've been doing here, Gwen. I have a thing for Oriental 'anything'.

Kim said...

Gwen, this is striking! The reflections on the bowl are delicate and add much interest but I also really love how you did the reflections on the tabletop. I think they are a quiet supporting player to the success of the painting. Beautifully seen. And I also think the inside work on the bowl is quite something. The colours read perfectly. Lovely.

Tammy Hext said...

This is striking. I love the way you handled the reflections - just beautiful.

Michelle said...

Such wonderful detail Gwen. Your still lifes just keep getting more and more incredible!

Tracey Clarke said...

Love the painterly feel....Very nice.
The house we just bought has a Japanese maple in front, too.

David Larson Evans said...

Everything is excellent.

Barbara M. said...

Hi Gwen,

What a cool and unusual combination. Super painting.

Take care
xoxoxoxoxoBarbara

Jill Berry said...

Great compliments...textures...& reflections too!
A bit of the unexpected, intrigue~ in bringing that leaf in! ~nice~

Great portrait work, recently also!

Kim Blair said...

Hi Gwen:
Beautiful reflection work on the bowl and table. It feels like I could reach out and touch the bowl (and eat the oranges).
Kim

Edward Burton said...

What a wonderful still life - so beautifully composed and painted. I love the subtle reflections of the orange slices. Well done, Gwen.

Dewberry Fine Art said...

I too love the way you handled the reflections. I enjoy the way you put your still lifes together.

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Wow!! Gwen, what a lovely composition. You really raised the bar with this one. The geometry of the Japanese Maples looks so lovely with the round oranges and those reflections and shadows just enhance EVERYthing. Nice job!!

DEB said...

Gwen, I think this is one of your prettiest pieces.

Diana Marshall said...

Love the colour combination how clever to put the two together, another fine painting.

Carol Schiff Studio said...

So beautiful and delicate, Gwen. You are doing some wonderful work!

Dean Grey said...

What an interesting combination, Gwen!

The spiky Japanese maple leaves compliment the smooth, rounded orange wedges perfectly!

-Dean

Susan Roux said...

Lovely painting!

dominique eichi said...

Oh......... beautiful reflection . SO well done

Gary Keimig said...

really nice Gwen.