daily painting titled Nasturtiums and Coffee Cup

Nasturtiums and Coffee Cup

18cm x 12cm (7½"x4½"), oil on gessoed card Painting status: SOLD
Daily painting for Tuesday 3 November, 2009
Posted in Flower paintings


Hi Julian What distinguishes this painting is your careful composition. You make it look easy though I know it is not. The nasturtium in the cup is created by brilliant reds; touches of pale gold peek through at the centre of the flower. It seems almost unreal. Just below it on a flat surface we see the velvety underside of a nasturtium, partially in shadow, that is orange with a touch of pale gold and green. The two flowers are almost a mirror image. The composition of the nasturtiums is echoed by the design of the flowers on the cup; one, in the bright light, is yellow and green; the other, in shadow, is a brushstroke that only hints at its shape. The yellow flowers and green leaves that decorate the cup repeat some of the colours of the nasturtiums as do the artist's brushstrokes of green, yellow, and gold (also on the cup) that depict the surface on which the cup sits. It is an artful symphony of repetitions
One of your very best :)
This makes me think of Fechin's painting of nasturtiums...
Hi Julian In looking at the painting froma different angle, I realized that the nasturtium in the cup is orange. So, the mirror image theory of mine seems firmer.
Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me.