Monday, February 23, 2009

'Seeing Stars' Block in

There seems to be no end to the fun I can have with Starfruits. I bought a basket of 4 at the flea market for only $2. Since they go for $2 apiece at Publix, I was thrilled. This block in took me a few hours to get the drawing right. In doing so, I lost some of the punchy darks I need for the forms but I'm happy with the color. I'm also heartened by my diligence in getting it this far, although my brain was bent after several hours and I wanted to get up and run away. It takes patience to really see. You can tell I'm going for a Jennifer Bellinger here. I love her fruit still lifes and so admire her ability to paint stripes. She has patience. Meanwhile, I've been busy matting about a dozen small watercolors, getting a print framed, delivering all of it to the Art Boutique at Tin City, going to a family birthday party on Saturday and the Naples National Art Show on Sunday. Tomorrow Tommy and Anne arrive with Ryan-5 and Colin-3 for a week. Today I washed all the mini blinds and all the bedroom windows inside and out ;) etc..etc.. I'll be back.

7 comments:

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

I feel stupid but I've never heard of "star fruit". Very nice painting!

Marian Fortunati said...

Okay.... Is a star fruit a FRUIT?? I'd guess yes. Is it sort of from a succulent like those red fruits from prickly pears?
Are they tart, or sweet or????

Fun series of paintings too!!

Dean H. said...

Love the subject matter...but more importantly, I love this painting! Great job.

Paula Villanova said...

Geez girl...I'm moving to Florida if that will make my colors get as vibrant as yours...! I really love your FLA work!

Vintage Kitten said...

Thats a fab painting, so colourful. Star fruit are so pretty. Love it! X

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I would think that Starfruit are a succulent. The proper name is Carambola. I'm told they're really sweet and the more ripe they get the sweeter they smell. I promise to post the finish on this one. Right now I have two little boys and their parents for house guests.

Barbara Pask said...

I have to try some star fruit, never have tried it. They are sure interesting subjects to paint. Wonderful painting Mary.

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