Sometimes you find a prop that just calls out to you. This goose-neck tea kettle was a great “find” even if I did pay a bit more than I usually pay when searching out props. One of my favorite things to paint is copper. Usually I attack metal with the palette knife but it is mostly brushwork this time. Fresh local mandarins play nicely here.
Here’s a zoomed-in close up for you to see the build up of texture and color. This was painted alla prima, all at once because I like to work with the oils while everything is still wet. It is that push and pull of paint that appeals to me.
Right from the easel, sitting in front of the set up. I paint from life in order to capture as much freshness as possible. The leaves look a bit less-than-fresh I’ll admit ~ they are drying and curling pretty quickly. Painting from life not only lets you paint what you see, but offers you the opportunity go beyond what you see, making adjustments as you work. You can see differences I’m sure.
This painting is 12″ x 16″ on an archival panel. It will take some time to dry before varnish is applied, but it will be added to the website soon.