daily painting titled Clementines in a paper bag

Clementines in a paper bag

18cm x 13cm, oil on board Painting status: SOLD
Daily painting for Tuesday 11 December, 2012
Posted in Still life paintings


Burning hot! The clementine in the gaping mouth of the bag looks like a two-horned animal!And this green leave as a mysterious cold lava flow is powerless,pathetically,in the face of the raging fire !
Your paper bag looks more like a cornucopia , maybe not enough sharp creases... is this a fair comment?
the paper bags from my grocery store (Publix) are really too thick to crumple.....but could be folded. hmmm? i was wondering abt yr plastic bags from the other day....they too seemed a different pliability than those here as ours wouldnt hold shape long enough to paint. but the paintings are beautiful. thanks as always and happy holidays. gfs
I think that's a fair comment monique but Julian is also right about being the hardest of the bags, with a plastic bag your painting creases and reflections and a paper the whole bag wanting not for it to overcome the objects it beholds!
I really like this painting as much as I liked the one of the persimmons. They would make a great pair. I just crumpled a brown bag and feel that the way it would be painted would depend on the thickness of the bag and the light on it. For me this is an example of "creative realism"; this was a term used in an article I recently read. Of course an image is produced by the painter and interpreted by the viewer; that is what makes the comments here so interesting.
I love it. The bag is done loosely but being an American living in the UK I know the difference between American and European paper bags. Not to make too big a deal out of the bag but American bags are thicker and fold but don't crinkle. The bags I get at the market place here in York are soft and crinkly like this one. They wrinkle up. and the light passes through some of the facets and reflects off others. A hard thing to portray in paint. Same with the olive bags. A soft, almost stretchy plastic bag is how we were given olives in Portugal. Then from another vender they came in a less transparent, more crinkly small bag. Oily too. It changed the reflective quality on only the parts where the oil was. I commend him for painting them and so beautifully as well!
The little toys have been popular for your recent still life paintings. I would like to see some Christmas ornaments or decorations (rustic or antique) like the themes we have here in the US. I am guessing that English or French versions of traditional Christmas decorations would be great subjects for this time of year. I hope you and your family and friends have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Judy Stewart