daily painting titled Figs and cup

Figs and cup

18cm x 13cm, oil on panel (approx 7"x5") Painting status: SOLD
Daily painting for Thursday 8 September, 2011
Posted in Still life paintings


That's what I'm talking about Julian. The mysterious dark background may hold some unknown danger as the figs stay close to their protector. The cup has wonderful texture, like the scarred shield of a knight.
Take a journey with a...Paintbrush. The construction of the painting by the paintbrush is here(as moreover is often the case)crucial.Above the bowl,the horizontality of the brushstrokes echo those of the foreground.But laterally, the brushstrokes surrounding the bowl take a vertical direction.On the bowl and figs,the brushstrokes are multidirectional:around the triangular-shaped cast shadow between the figs,in the light of the bowl;the fig on the right,shows an uninterrupted purple dash drawing a "U"around a vertical tapered white highlight,the fig on the left is more "abstract" because of no visible direction of brushstrokes except the two thin white lines and the curved blue color(exquisite!) at the basis,giving the pot-bellied volume of the fruit.At last,I don't forget the circular and decorative detail of the bowl which looks like a third but mineral fig(heart-shaped?)! Meaningful paintbrush. Wonderful tour!
You're scaring me about that "mysterious dark background" Bernie.:) This looks real to me.
Figs and a cup! Let's eat em up!