Friday, June 24, 2011

"Watermelon Reflections"



















6 x 6 oil on canvas panel

$75. +10. s/h
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This DPW Challenge was...well...challenging! The
assignment was to paint the image upside down.
If that wasn't hard enough, there was the additional
challenge of painting it reflected in glass.

I've done this kind of thing before but mainly with
drawing skills. Viewing a subject upside down makes
the negative areas pop out in ways the eye doesn't
ordinarily discern. It's a great exercise for practicing
portraying what you see and not what your brain tells
you it should look like. If you've never done it, try it
sometime. The results will amaze you!

34 comments:

Dana Cooper said...

Great interpretation of the challenge Gwen!!

martinealison said...

Un très bon exercice qui se traduit pour vous ma chère par une très belle réussite. Les couleurs que vous avez admirablement apposées ondulent et donnent un certain mouvement dans votre toile. Très belle composition.
Gros bisous

Dors said...

Superb Job Gwen. Love the colors and the brilliant reflections.

Awesome work.

Tim Robinson said...

A perfect painting for the perfect season. Great work!

Carol Blackburn said...

Wonderful reflections, Gwen. Great summer painting.

Robin Kent said...

Any way you look at it - upside or backwards, it's very well done (and refreshing)!

Catherine Jeffrey said...

Wow, this exercise must really work. Your image is so strong and the colors just gorgeous.

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Out Of The Park, girl. Just... WOW!

claire christinel said...

Gorgeous piece Gwen. Nice to see you back posting. I always enjoy your work.

Karen Martin Sampson said...

Nice!! Very original interpretation of the challenge...and LOVE the colours. Glad you are back in the swing with your painting!

Julie Beck said...

very dynamic set up. the shapes and colors are stunning. great work!

Susan E. Roden said...

Nice painting and fun resolution to the challenge Gwen. Glad to see you back too - missed you.

carol morgan carmichael said...

Great job on this Gwen. The challenge gave me a headache. So glad you are finding some time to paint!

Art Collector's Corner said...

lovely!!

Douglas Clark said...

great color harmony!

Clarabela said...

Looks good enough to eat.

Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

Fantastic job on it!

Art Collector's Corner said...

Thank you for your sweet encouragement, Gwen.
We'll keep visiting your blog for new works.
Also, feel free to send us your daily paintings via email, and we'll share them with our friends on our blog.

hmuxo said...

Excellent work, Gwen.!

Barbara M. said...

Yum,

This is amazing Gwen. The truth is you can paint anything any way up. You are a superb painter.

XO Barbara

artbyakiko said...

Beautiful colors and it looks delicious!! Nice work!
Akiko

Elizabeth Seaver said...

What a truly luminous painting, Gwen. It is like the embodiment of summer, but back in the 50's! Maybe it is the turquoise that I am responding to. It is one of your finest!

Elizabeth

Carol Schiff Studio said...

A great piece for you Gwen! The reflections are right on and the colors make this something special. Cannot wait to see what you do next!!

Diana Marshall said...

Soo glad to see you back painting, you certainly haven't lost your touch, you nailed this one perfectly. Brilliant!!!!

Carol Horzempa said...

Beautiful job, Gwen. Wow, I forgot you painted this one upside down...AMAZING!

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Gwen you have such an eye, incredible! I think I detect an ever so subtle looseness too, and I see at the top of this blog that you want that... so YAY! This really does look good enough to eat, too, that is so true!

sam said...

Really interesting Gwen, the reflections work really well and I love the colour scheme.

Sandra Galda said...

Hi Gwen, killer reflection on this one !!! Excellent!

Nancy Goldman said...

A job well done. You've concurred the challenge.

Nancy Goldman said...

Oops, I just re-read my comment and I meant to say that you conquered the challenge although I do concur with everyone else that it is an amazing painting. : )

Dean H. said...

Love this answer to the challenge, Gwen!
Sorry about commenting so late!

Ruth Andre said...

Fabulous!

Art Collector's Corner said...

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Randall Cogburn said...

Nice Watermelon slices Gwen. I could go for some now :)

~Randall