Apples are surely one of the most painted fruit and as a subject, their simple shape and glorious colours are a delight to work with. In this painting I wanted to bring light into the composition by using different illumination. Dark backgrounds are typical of the Atelier system and have a dramatic impact, by changing this I thought of the work as a landscape and studied how the light would bounce onto the objects. The carved wooden moulding was not in the foreground but as I worked there seemed to be little feeling of space to the painting. Its addition brought an extra dimension and volume and was a fascinating technical challenge.
Oil on linen 2017 59 x 67cm 23 x 26in
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