This portrait of an apple is all about color to me. I did it because of the wonderful complementary colors found in this apple. Apples are one of my favorite things about fall in New England. They really are a lot more colorful than people think. I used the typical apple red mostly in the cloth it’s sitting on!
There is something about this scene that fascinates me so I keep redrawing it. This is one of several versions. Maybe it’s the luxuriant foliage in the foreground, echoing the the shape of the mountain beyond. Or the different shades of green on this late May day.
Really, this week’s blog is more of a horticultural essay than something about art. It’s too bad for you readers, but it does suggest why some subjects are chosen over others for a painting.
A Tree in a City
The blue spruce can be found on the Norwalk, CT. Green, which was established some 250 or more years ago, and is the most beautiful section of the city I chose the tree as a subject because my father planted two similar blue spruce trees in front of our house before I was born and they eventually reached a height equivalent to three to four stories high. They caught a spruce blight, which meant my Dad had to spray them early every spring to keep them alive. Unfortunately the stuff turned the trees green, but the new growth came in blue. If you look closely at the painting you can see some green behind the outermost blue growth.