I've got a few more Granny Smiths in me but I decide to "mix it up" a bit with this little lady. I've painted this variety a bunch of times because the speckled reds and oranges always seem to pop next to the black background.
I'm starting to get some work ready for my upcoming show in Old Town Chicago, and since I just finished 50 4x4 pieces for a recent local project I thought "What the hell" I'll do a few more. The project had a very tight deadline so I had to paint quick and small. So in order to get that many paintings out in a little under 6 weeks I would paint a single piece of fruit or vegetable, then cut a slice out of it, tip it, chop it, whatever I could do to alter it and paint it again over and over again. This little granny smith will probably have a few reincarnations in the next couple of days.
Again another piece that is backdropped by the Atlantic. When the sun is high up in the air the light bounce off the water and creates some wonderful effects. I've always loved painting the figure in this setting because so much of it is doused in this luminous light that makes the highlights pop and the shadows sing.
Another from my recent trip to the Bahamas. I never really liked being in the water with a shirt on but they do make for nice paintings. I've always loved painting figures in the water. The reflections and the figure backlit with the wonderful blues, violets, and greens is always a nice departure from figures painted in a studio setting.
The family just got back from a Disney cruise, and along with some autographs from a handful of princesses and tiny tan, I accumulated a bit of references from one of my favorite subjects to paint . . . the beach.