We are snowed in today so this is a cheerful image to stare at for a few hours. I don't think this photo does it justice. The contrast is not enough. I keep complaining about my photos so I guess I am going to have to get someone to tutor me on how to get the best ones I can. I used smaller brushes on this painting and it is evident to me in the finished product…not so much fussy, as more precise. I think it is a nice effect, but I really like loads of paint and juicy brushwork. These still life paintings are from a video course by Daniel Edmondson. He is very generous in responding with video critiques which are quite helpful. This is the first time I have done something like this and I recommend it, especially if you need to jump-start a new series of paintings. It reminds me of the important basics. I am getting close to the end, so I need to figure out what to paint next. My husband has been looking at these and his comment is always the same, "I think you are a portrait painter." My son says, "It looks like fruit and flowers and stuff," but he doesn't use the word 'stuff.' I am not getting a lot of encouragement from the home front, so I hope some of my friends in cyberspace like it better!
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