White Poppy, Orange and Tankard
A metal tankard and a brass plate, flowers, shiny fabric, a half peeled orange, they are all challenges that I wanted to meld into a subtle coloured still life. In fact the orange was not part of it all to begin but as I worked on the first stages of the painting it was evident that a higher chroma focal point was necessary. Higher chroma? Orange is a high chroma colour – it is a vivid colour. Most colours can be low chroma – subdued, low value – darker, high chroma – vivid, high value – paler. The different textures found in citrus fruit are very absorbing to paint. This is the kind of thing that I find fascinating along with pretty much every other aspect of painting. Working for many hours on a canvas draws one in to another world where the folds and bends of fabric take on their own landscape in fact they become a landscape, as do the other elements. The Poppy emerges from the darkness casting its own shadow which becomes part of the whole. The writing on the Tankard is clearly there, but unreadable – make of it what you will.
Oil on linen 2015 67 x 57cm 26 x 22in
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