Mandarines

It is Autumn and painting in my little studio is painfully cold. I’ve spent the last few days painting these little orange gems from life. My grandmothers batik table cloth is a favourite of mine and I thought the blue & white pattern would contrast nicely with the bright orange of the mandarines. Working out how to add dimples shine to the mandarines was a challenge. The composition had me thinking for a couple of days too. In the end I decided that I would just paint the colours I loved and keep it simple. I am surprisingly pleased with the texture of the brushwork and the light in this study. My paintings are generally darker and it was good to change my palette and experiment a bit.

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