Now that we are in the season of fruits etc, every morning for breakfast, I pick ripe juicy figs from our abundant figtree ( running the gauntlet of hornets, who attack if they see anyone stealing “their” fruit.) However, I always manage to get enough for us. Also every morning when walking Megan, I pass by our neighbours who are reaping their annual harvest of chestnuts, a prickly and back-breaking business. I have picked up one or two which have fallen on the track , so that I can paint them later, they are so beautiful and rich in colour , shiny and gleaming with health. I have to be quick because they soon lose their lustre after a day or two. Colette, knowing I like to paint them, presented me with this gift of an enormous crown of chestnuts in a bed of leaves.
She had chosen the biggest and most interesting ones for me, some shells with 5 or 6 chestnuts in, when normally they only hold three.This is such a generous and thoughtfully presented gift, I had to start painting it immediately, before their newness wore off. I am rather busy this week with more mundane things , so I have been darting into the studio at any spare moment I have to hand. My first application of paint:
A couple of days later, I think it’s finished, I might fiddle with it , but I am leaving it for now, anyway it’s time to start cooking and eating these beauties! :
A seasonal hazard when walking the dog in the forest is the constant bombardment of acorns and chestnuts raining down around you, when one of those prickly bombs hits you on the head it can be jolly painful, so I now wear a hat to soften any blows, poor Megan though, has to take her chances!
I have done a quick drawing with my new toy , the Wacom tablet, to learn the handling of different tools, it’s not as varied as the ipad Artrage app, but I quite like the feel of drawing with the pen, and it’s quite impressive to see the drawing on a big screen.
A couple more paintings I have been working on, this one got tighter and tighter as I worked, I was concentrating on keeping the colours as subtle as possible, hence the tightness.
Hmm I think I’ll work on that blue shadow again. Here is a colour sketch I did to loosen me up again!
….and 2 details from a couple of interiors I have been working on , they are not completed yet, and I need a break from them as they are not performing well, in fact I may just crop them to these details, or maybe do another painting from them:
I love painting nests, and I found a beautiful feather, possibly from an owl , or maybe a buzzard, so, I added it to the composition.
Lastly a little corker!! Many happy evenings were spent contributing to this still life!