Friday, June 1, 2007

Early Morning Mandarins

Early Morning Mandarins
Oil on Panel
8 x 10

I set up this still life in the afternoon and got a good start but when I went into the studio the next morning at 6:00 the light was peeking in the north window making the jug and oranges glow beautifully. Well, I just had to start another painting. The sunlight only slants through that window for about an hour so I went in every morning and painted quickly to try to capture this brief moment. The main challenge was the light which both moved as the sun climbed higher and dimmed considerably when drifting clouds passed over the sun. The scene changed from moment to moment. This is not by best painting by any means, it is very laboured looking but it does illustrate the challenges that artists must deal with.

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