Tuesday, June 12, 2007

"Peach Row" --- SOLD


You guessed it - peaches again. It is summer in the Texas hillcountry and the peaches are overflowing. Expect them to continue - at least until I get sick of them.
Peaches are a real challenge for me to paint. I am used to shiny objects and easy highlights to pull it all together. Peaches are fuzzy and have subtle color transitions. I really liked the purple here, and tried to pull out the green in the peaches to compliment the purple. Someone asked me once if I always think about color schemes when I start a painting. I do. Mostly I go by instinct, but I have found that if I add a compliment to the dominant color somewhere in the painting, even if subtle (or not) it is more successful.

6 comments:

Lynne said...

Scrumptious colors Carol!
Lynne

Debbie Miller said...

Love the color in this.
do you ever frame these little ones? I love to paint on the 6x6 squares but am having a hard time finding good (and inexpensive) frames. any advice? thanks Deb

JMahorney said...

Wow. There so much energy from all the color play. I would love to see you do a video (like timelapse).

Also, I love hearing you talk more about your paintings. I look forward to it everyday. :)

Sarah Fox said...

These are so beautiful!! I love all the color you put in there, the blue, green and bright red. This is one of my favorites!!!

(((((ED)))))) said...

Hi Carol,

I am a big fan of your work and have been looking for some time now! I did give painting a day a go but it fizzled after a while! - My trouble is composition....i can fiddle around with apples 4 ages and it either looks to bunched up or all over the place! You are great at compostion, have u got any tips??

Carol Marine said...

I read a great book once on composition. I HIGHLY recommend it. The idea is so simple. It's basically that the human eye loves variety, and that you never want to make two distances in a painting the same. The book says it MUCH better and more thoroughly. It's called: The Simple Secret to Better Painting: How to Immediately Improve Your Work with the One Rule of Composition, and it costs $17 on Amazon.