Fall gourds

I’m still been keeping an eye on my irises. They have managed to survive a couple of light frosts over the last week and continue to bloom. The colder air seems to slide right down the hill past them and perhaps they will last until we get a hard freeze.  I still have hopes that the buds on the second stalk will flower fully but you never know.  There must be over a dozen buds between the two.  The petunias are also still carrying on.  Such vivid colors so late in the year.  I like it.

Fall vegetables

After a full week of having to do other things, I finally was able to get back into the studio and work on the painting yesterday. Everything survived the wait except the carrots.   They have shriveled up quite badly and look like sad shadows of their former selves.  The humidity in the studio must be a lot lower than I thought.   I had been a little worried about the pepper lasting, but certainly not the carrots.  They look pretty sickly.

I think parts of the painting are okay, but it all still needs work.  I don’t like the back end of the carrots and the balance is off on the left.  I feel like I have to add something next to the gourds, just off of the middle.  I haven’t decided quite what to do, but I have a another small pepper I can use.  I guess I’ll try a few things out.  Perhaps a small onion.

The background came about in a funny way.  Lately, for some reason I have had trouble keeping my fingers out of the paint.  I noticed some red splotches on the upper right that came out of nowhere.  When I looked at my hands, I found that somehow I had brushed my nails into the red paint on the palette while I was loading another color onto the brush and then accidentally touched the watercolor board with them.  What a klutz I can be.  I tried to scrub it out but was unable erase it completely.  Ergo the swath off to the upper right.  It doesn’t look half bad but I would rather make those decisions on my own. 

I will probably let the painting sit for today and look at it with fresh eyes tomorrow.  I thought it looked off last night and still do today.  The photo only enhances the perception.  Decisions, decisions.

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Patty Harrington
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 11:29:44

    Nicely done! I think it is beautiful.


  2. ruthsartwork
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 12:09:30

    Thanks Patty. I’m going to wait a little before I make adjustments.


  3. Sandy Lewis
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 17:41:53

    Well, being a person that can’t even draw a decent stick person, I think everything you do is beautiful. I envy your talent


  4. Cindy D
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 18:10:11

    Wow, I think it’s quite lovely. As for such accidents, they are the curse AND providence of the artist’s life. (Well, unless you are a digital artist. Which we are not!)

    I think the orange shadowy ground is quite nice, but it does give an overall orangey look that might want to be balanced by something? I could see some fine line detail in black (which we know you are good at!) but I don’t know if that’s the kind of effect you want. I like the texture you coaxed out of the vegetables.


    • ruthsartwork
      Oct 31, 2011 @ 19:27:21

      Yes, it is a bit more orangey than I expected. I did try to throw a little blue into it, but maybe some ink is just the ticket. I still have to decide what I want to do on the left.


  5. lesliepaints
    Nov 09, 2011 @ 13:38:34

    I rather like this, Ruth. All the orange has me thinking fall, the minute I viewed the piece. Oh, smudges! The paint and process may be trying to tell you something. Love it!


    • ruthsartwork
      Nov 11, 2011 @ 21:26:05

      Thanks Leslie. I haven’t had much time this week in the studio or at the computer. I have added an onion on the left which is coming along and I want to be abloe to post it over the weekend. It isn’t really as orange as the photo but I may still tone it down.


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