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 high....my 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