Been painting this out on the deck for a couple of days. Boy did I feel rusty! I must have repainted that apple about 20 times. A great painter I recently met in California named Anne Ward inspired me to get busy painting still life outdoors. Very glad she did. I set this up in the shade under the eaves so only cool light was falling on it due largely to the overcast conditions too. Nice thing about that lighting is that it seems to give you lots of rich colour in the mid values, and the shadows are not so dark either.
I was also experimenting with M Graham oil paints and Galkyd medium and Gamblin solvent free gel. Both interesting. The galkyd medium is stickier and slightly thicker than the walnut oil I've been using but it has the advantage of drying faster. The solvent free gel gives the paint a stiffer feel - the brushstrokes stay how you leave them without settling down at all. Interesting but I'm still getting used to it.
I was looking again at Quang Ho's still lifes and also Fechin but mostly Sergei Bongart for his broad brave treatment, not that my painting turned out like that but it's certainly a goal of mine. Where would we be without goals? I've found that when I don't have them I very soon fall into boredom and despondency. Each goal is the starting point for another. Onward and upward.
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