Monday, May 4, 2009

Farm Fresh Apples

This rainy weekend, between LOTS of loads of laundry and house cleaning, I finished two paintings for a theme update on American Folk Art tomorrow. The update will begin at 12 noon (EST), tomorrow, Tuesday May 5th here: American Folk Art

So, please check back and see what all the artists have to offer. Here is a sneak peek at what I'm offering for the "May Apples" theme.

When I used to crawled up on ladders and paint people's homes (faux and other decorative painting), I had a customer who handed me a piece of fabric she was using for her newly constructed kitchen. She asked me to paint something on the border of the ceiling (which, but the way, was over 12 feet neck would be killing me after a few hours!). From her fabric example, we decided on painted apples, leaves and branches.

So, when I found this old vintage label with apples on it, it reminded me of the apples I painted on her walls. And since the theme is apples, I've used the label for inspiration, drawing (literally) from the many hours of apple painting experience!

I've put together a little slide show....but I kept forgetting to take photos after I started painting the apples, leaves and branches! :) Oh well, you get the idea:

The other painting I worked on was a painting of the "Tree of Life". Not necessarily "apples", but at least they are little round red circles! :)

For this piece, I used molding paste again and a stencil. The branches, truck and leaves are all raised with the paste and stencil effect, then painted. The "apples" are painted directly onto the heavily textured canvas.

Both of these can be seen on my website (Both on "Painter of the Past" page), as well as, American Folk Art tomorrow at noon EST!

My Website: Pear Tree Primitives


Doreen said...

Good morning Suzanne. I love them both..the tree of life however is my favorite..I have always loved "The Tree Of Life"..I have a beautiful necklace with it on it and it's one of my favorites.


Julie said...

Hi Suzanne, They are both wonderful. I agree with Doreen, The tree of life is my favorite . I to have always loved "The Tree of Life". Julie

Mother-in-law said...

I'm going against consensus here but the apple label is an absolute stunner.

I do always enjoy the Shaker tree of life, and your technique here would wow anyone with good sense.

Still, that label painting...!!!!!

Proud as always, MIL

Atticbabys said...

Those apples look positively edible!
You work is impeccable Suzanne!


Ruth Welter said...

Suzanne, WOW, love your new paintings...the vintage inspired apple painting I think is my very favorite. Love, love it.!!!


PS...thanks for the slide show, that was awesome.

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

I saw these on AFA. An apple a day!! Love them.

Lana said...

Suzanne ~ love the Tree of Life, but I'm going with your MIL on this one. When you first showed me the label painting I LOVED the colors and overall look of the piece. Great work!

Victorian Lady said...

Hi Suzanne! :) I went to Joe's Customer Appreciation Day last night and saw that Country Manor has a new tenant! Antiques and Primitives! They are looking for dealers...I think you would be perfect! Do you want me to get you the phone number?

Have a great day!


the pleasures of homemaking said...

Hi Suzanne!

The slide show was neat! It's interesting to see your process and it turned out beautiful!

Just stopped by to wish you a Happy Mother's Day!


Jacquelynne said...

I really enjoyed your slide show- so much fun to see your beautiful painting "come to life"! And so interesting to get a peek into your artistic process.