Monday, October 25, 2010

Monday Pomegranate and Plums

"Pomegranate and Plums"
Pastel
13" x 16"

We did a still life today using fresh fruit and a pretty, small white porcelain bowl. Bob set the table in the middle of us to have more room, but that meant that the setup was less than ideal. The plum was right next to the bowl so I artistically moved it over in my drawing. I eliminated the second pomegranate that just stuck up behind the bowl. Bob stated midway through that he now realized the bowl was rather small for the size of the pomegranate. I struggled with getting the right color and value for the background. As always, this is partially done as there just isn't time to do a completed piece on a Monday morning.

Tomorrow our group is going on a field trip to the De Young Museum in San Francisco to see "Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne, and Beyond, Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musee D'Orsay." This is very exciting. We saw the Pre-Impressionist Masterpieces, which included Whistler's Mother among the famous works of arts loaned during a remodel of the D'Orsay. That trip was in early June. Our wonderful artist, Bob Semans, gave us commentary about the works. We get to bring guests if we like, so my Bob is going with us this time.

Then we install the house sitter and visit Santa Fe and Georgia O'Keefe country for 6 days.

7 comments:

jyothisethu said...

Mary,

the 'Pomegranate and Plums' is beautiful...
eager to have an account about the trip you are going to have...

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

There you go again Mary! Now to Santa Fe! I hope you have a wonderful time in New Mexico; lovely! New Mexico is my home state. And, tomorrow you get to go to see Cezanne, Van Gogh and Gauguin? Fun!

I enjoy your pomegranate and plums. Interesting colors; subdued in the background but the fruit is so rich!

Kathy said...

Gorgeous painting!! Your adventures are inspiring and I love hearning about them. Have a great time!!

Barbra Joan said...

First I love your pastels you know that.... and second your going to a place I have always wanted to visit. You know I'm a big fan of Georgia O.. let me know all about it when you return.. I am well. hope you are too.

Charlene Brown said...

That bowl is a little smallish... but if it were larger, the intricate pattern in the china, which you've done beautifully, would overpower the really splendid surfaces of the pieces of fruit, which I think should be the focus of the piece.

PAMO said...

Another beautiful painting Mary! Enjoy your travels. I think you would be rather hard to keep up with. :-))

hmuxo said...

Beautiful pastel painting. great colors.