Tuesday, September 26, 2006

the Artichoke


oil on hardboard panel
6'' x 6''

bidding has ended for this painting

Tonight it's the artichoke. I don't consume them with any regularity. They're a bit too labor intensive for the return, but they do look cool. This delicate flower encased in armor. It's been a few years since my last artichoke painting, and it was nice to revisit them.


7 comments:

R. Chunn said...

That little bit of red surrounded by green is really beautiful. I like the unusual shapes and composition, too. Great still life.

Bob said...

I would love to see how you work. Everytime I look at one of your paintings I find a wow factor and I wonder how did you get that or those colors in such a short period of time. What brand of paints are you using?

James Neil Hollingsworth said...

Thanks "r". It was that little bit of red that intrigued me. And Bob, I use them all; Holbein and Windsor Newton are probably in the "most used" category, but Old Holland, Georgian, Gamblin and Grumbacher round out the list. I'm always on the look out for new colors.

cheryl meehan said...

This painting is so beautiful, as are all your others. I have a couple of questions, if you have the time. Do you finish these paintings in one day? (I'm not being judgemental about the blog thing. I'm rather awed and curious too.)Do you work strictly from life? Do you blend? O.K. enough of the questions. thanks for the constant inspiration!

James Neil Hollingsworth said...

Cheryl - I did the PAD thing for one month (30) pieces. It was an experiment suggested to me by my friend Karin Jurick. Once I completed the month, I continued to work in the six by six size, but now allow them to dry, then do a second, or sometimes third, pass. For me, the pleasure of painting comes from the subtle details. I work exclusively from my photographs. I probably spend as much, or more, time composing, lighting, cropping and color correcting photos as I do painting. I'm not sure what "blending" is?

cheryl meehan said...

Thank you for answering my questions. Blending is when you mix the colors on your painting together with a soft brush, such as a sable.

Anonymous said...

this artichoke is just superb!!
i wish you lived in Denver so you could teach me how to paint..Cristina J.