daily painting titled Tomato, Garlic, Balsamic and Confit Pot

Tomato, Garlic, Balsamic and Confit Pot

12cm x 16cm (4¾"x6¼"), oil on gessoed card Painting status: SOLD
Daily painting for Friday 24 October, 2008
Posted in Still life paintings


Once again Julian, you are an alchemist! Each texture is captured with luminosity and the intimate composition just draws one in. This made my day!
Very nice painting Julian. But what's the grand idea and the narrative, symbolism, and allegory...)
Beautiful again Julian. I wonder if you could find the time to post a little about the way in which you set these still lifes up. Do you use a box/artificial light etc and what distance from you are they when you paint? I'm sure I am not the only person who would love to know a little more about this from you.
Too complicated to explain Jeff, you'll be pleased to hear ;-)).
Nick, I have set of shelves adjacent to the east facing window, I probably stand about 6' back from the set-up with my palette table and easel between it and me. This particular shelf is just below eye level when standing?I like to paint standing? though the shelves are adjustable in height. Sometimes I use boards or cloth to create colored or dark backgrounds and sometimes the wall as is. I often block off /box-in the side from which the light is coming to create shadows or help with a dark background but all gerry built out of what's around: sketchbooks, t-shirts, bottles, etc., whatever I can find amongst the chaos of rotting fruit, broken china and paint!
I absolutely love this one: all four elements look so contentedly plump!
Thank you Julian, tres gentil.
I would echo what leslee said--your ability to capture each very different texture and then put them all together in a remarkable grouping is really quite extraordinary. The colors, the surfaces, the light--wow. My Dad was an art teacher and he used to tell us when we were kids--fill the page. boy, did you ever.