Sunday, August 03, 2008

Golden Delicious

Golden Delicious Sold
oil on gallery wrapped canvas 12x12x1"

I may have mentioned in a previous post that I am studying the works of other artists online so that I may find ways to grow as an artist, in a hurry, real fast, like now.

But I am also recalling tidbits of advice I received from my art school teachers, way back when. One of them, my printmaking prof chided me "I can see you're still hung up on subject matter". At the time I had no idea what he was talking about. And truly it has taken me this long to really get it. It isn't the object, scene, or person that you paint, it's the mood, the lighting, the environment that you paint.

Monet's haystacks are a perfect example of this. It's the light, the air, the time of day, the warmth or coolth that he paints.

So it matters not that one of these is an Asian Pear and one is a Golden Delicious Apple, but that they are in different light, in a different temperature environment. I'm not giving away any secrets here, am I? But I have learned something. Better late than never.


  1. I am learning along with you. I got it right away before you even explained. My first thought was, oh, this is so much warmer! I even felt warmer like I was basking in the late afternoon sun.

  2. You have it 'dialed' in, Melody. What a contrast on the two pieces. I feel and see the warmth of the sun on the Golden Delicious, and the coolth on the Asian Pear. Here's to lifelong learning!

  3. I enjoy hearing what people's art teachers told them; what 'gems' they remember and now make sense. I didn't go to art school so these are helpful to me. Thanks for pointing these artsy things out.

  4. I think, much as I love your usual vibrancy, that this apple is my favourite so far.

  5. I get it. Thanks for the lesson Melody. Felt the warmth and the coolth straightaway. There're both great, and great as a pair.



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