Monday, November 30, 2009

Fiesta Garlic

Some varieties of garlic have a pinky purple tone to the papery covering that surrounds each clove and the entire bulb.  These tones can be accentuated by the surface they are places upon.  Fiesta Garlic consists of a new 'crop' of bulbs from the Italian Center Market which I positioned on a orange and red striped table cloth.  The angle of the lighting on my still life set-up allowed more of the reddish tones form the cloth to bounce onto the skin, intensifying the hues perceived.  This same illusion happens when you paint the human figure.
The fabric/surface that the person is posing on is often reflected onto their form creating various tints, tones and shades of skin.  Bringing out interesting nuances of colour that fire up the imagination when selecting the paint.

Fiesta Garlic fired up my imagination with the feeling of heat... the anticipation of a delicious meal... a great party with good friends, a fiesta of sorts....

9x12 oil on canvas, (needs some drying time)


Sue Stuparek said...

Awesome, Kim! You captured the garlic so well with the pinky-reds.
(would have loved to see the "live" setting - may have to try this at home - haha!)

Carol Engles said...

Love these garlic!!