daily painting titled Clementines on a spanish dish

Clementines on a spanish dish

18cm x 13cm, oil on board Painting status: SOLD
Daily painting for Sunday 12 January, 2014
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There's so much going on in this little painting... Those clementines look scrumptious! Love the turquoise bowl too. Such a wonderful talent...

Love the whole thing

Julian?.absolutely knock-'em-dead colors?.and as always?.wonderful painting...

Impressive illusion of depth. Glowing picture. But bizzarely the stripes in the background little by little capture my attention and remind me of some gondolas wisely moored at night.I am in Venice.

I like seeing your familiar items in the background of your painting, and there is more depth and light than in your usual small still-lifes. However, either way, your paintings are successful for me.

I absolutely love the turquoise and orange together! And you "age" things so well...the Spanish plate! Great little painting

Just love this!! ..... the vivid blue and orange, is gorgeous!

Alain is right, though, the more I look at it, there is a real depth to this painting that as a novice, I didn't initially see as the colors just popped.

As a student, it points out to me how important creating depth is in a painting.

If only I could do the same ...... alas.

Thank you.

Julian, as good as you consistently are, sometimes you just hit it out of the park! Are you as pleased with this one as we are? It is
so rich.

Oh, absolutely sublime. This painting is a pure gem.

Ah, the antique aqua tin box and striped vase in the background! I do love them since we have two of your paintings with them, but here they are more stealthy, furnishing a magnificent pallate of color over against which the orange clementines burst into view. Thank you for enlivening my day, I who has the flu!

Please, don't be discouraged! But why not to try to copy the painting of Julian, but on a bigger canvas. So you will discover the benefits of colored grey glazings in the background, the blurred outlines from the third clementine towards the bottom , the sharp outline of the bottle on the left. Compare the value of the dark hatchings of the dish edge with the tone of the stripes in the distance. Look at the three horizontal lines on the turquoise tin and see the differences between them. Note that the five white reflections have not the same tone. At last look at the subtle pink hue in the lower part of the painting: that hot color is also essential to the spectacular effect of depth.
Use acrylic colors with transparent acrylic medium to easily get the glazing effect (with soft brushes).
Best regards

Dear Julian, being a shirtsleeves kind of day seems to have energised you! There is so much gusto (or should I say zest) in this little painting, the clementines are stunning, the colour seem lit from inside! The pattern, glazes and highlight on the Spanish dish, which I have admired a few times before, (once, unforgettably, with strawberries) are spellbinding. That captivating old tin box, just glimpsed, like a valiant old knight in the background.
The depth in this painting has reach a new level. A glowing little treasure!
Anna.

Hi Julian , Beautiful painting , yes shirtsleeve kind of day must certainly agree with you. I am delighted by Alain's remarks , I knew he could turn a phrase and create a picture with his extravagant muse and poetic prose , but in his reply he has shown so much more! Keep these dear ones close Julian they are precious.

Thanks Craig

Thanks Craig S.
I missed something. When I said "...the blurred outlines from the third clementine...", but there is in this painting a single exception: because of the need of diffused light effect, the right ouline of the clementine on the right is blurry, even though the fruit is in the foreground: it is in the spirit of the famous sfumato created by Da Vinci. Before him, all the outlines were clearly defined, the light was within the shapes as confined: for example, Jan Van Eyck, Antonello Da Messina or Giovanni Bellini... Julian, here, by this way of doing has opened its painting towards the right side of the frame, suggesting another world virtually present...