18×24" — oil on stretched canvas
When I set this up in my studio, it was mid-day and the thing that really excited me was the way the sunlight fell across these peaches and tablecloth. That was what I was concentrating on. But alas — I soon realized how QUICKLY the sun moves! Or, to be more correct — how quickly the Earth moves! The sunlight pattern only fell in this exact pattern for just about 4 – 5 minutes. Then it all looked different! And peaches rot so quickly — wow — it was no time for dilly-dallying!
It took about 3 days to finish this one. Ordinarily I'd finish a small still life in a day, maybe 2 days. I'd paint as much as I could, getting the drawing and perspective as well as I could, but I had to be standing at the easel, paint colors mixed, brush in hand, at exactly 1:10 PM to catch the sunlight pattern. It was kind of a fun challenge!
I used a vintage tablecloth for this. I'm kind of a collector of vintage tablecloths. Some people collect vintage cars, but I tell ya — tablecloths are SO much cheaper & easier to store! I'd like to do some companion pieces for this, but maybe that will have to be next summer. Peaches are kaput….