Saturday, August 31, 2013

Yellow Apples and Goldenrod

 I so rarely try my hand at a still life, but they can be so much fun! Today's alla prima, and very seasonal, painting:

Yellow Apples and Goldenrod, 9 x 12" oil on linen panel

The apples I used are called Pristine; one of the earliest apples to ripen here. Sweet, tart, and with a skin so thin we treat them as though they're made of glass when handling them. They bruise very easily. They're a very pale yellow, and, if hanging on the outside of the tree, can have a beautiful blush. I wanted to paint them along with some goldenrod because they're both in season now, and though they might both be called yellow, their hues are so different.

Palette, partway through painting.

 Picking apples earlier this month. :)
 Learning to look at the background color of apples to judge proper ripeness takes some time and I'm still learning. And doing lots of tasting. This sure is a good eating time of year.
The picking bag is almost full. Time to waddle over to a crate to empty it out.

1 comment:

  1. You are so good!

    I am not sure I've seen that type of apple before, but they're really pretty.