Fun With Gourds No. 1: Nestling
Nestling (Fun With Gourds No. 1)
7 x 5", Oils on canvas covered hardboard
I had big plans to paint red carnations today, but after a trip to the local Brewster Farmer's Market, I saw these exquisitely-colored, graceful gourds and knew I'd have to paint them instead. I cut some carrot tops and put them in a bowl with the gourds nestled into them. After moving them around for awhile, I settled on this intertwined composition, like a fire-colored pair of swans. I think I see a series of them in my near future!
People often ask to see my pochade box. It was hand made for me by Loretta Louviere. Unfortunately, she is no longer making her gorgeous boxes. I use this for much of my small plein air work in oils as well as most of the 5x7" studio paintings. It goes everywhere with me. I cut a glass palette for it, which is easy to scrape clean, and I keep a full selection of artist quality paints in it to handle any painting situation. Here is the box with today's setup, palette, and painting:
The colors on the palette, from left to right, are:
Cadmium yellow lemon
Cadmium yellow pale
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Permanent Alizarin Crimson
Transparent Red Oxide
I don't generally paint with all those colors, but I have them all handy, and usually select about six plus white. This painting was something of an exception and I think I dabbled in everything except the venetian red and alizarin!