Hope Cunningham Fine Art

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Bough and Bowl

Original 9" X 12" Oil Painting on Canvas Panel

Well, here it is as promised, the second attempt at painting the apple bough. I have to say that I have a newfound respect for apple painters like Carol Marine. These apples were a very intense red. I found it difficult to make them look "lit up" against the blue background without sacrificing the intensity of the local color. I was hoping that by adding the white bowl to the mix I might have an easier time judging my value relationships, but only succeeded in adding the additional challenge of painting ellipses.  Perhaps I need to try a different ground next time. It was one of those days where the greatest reward was knowing I showed up and put in my time. Sometimes it seems like the successful paintings tend to be sandwiched between a few frustrating ones.


  1. Really beautiful! I liked the one from last week too though!

  2. Thank you so much, Diane, I visited your website and found it to be quite the inspiration. I like that you are so committed to your genre. I am still searching for my voice, so I paint everything. I especially liked, White on White, Earth tone Tulips and Rainy Day Blooms. Keep it up, you are doing some really nice work!

  3. I'm catching up as I haven't visited your site for a while. I like this arrangement. Nice job.