Painting Pears

I’m back to painting still life, fruits to be exact. Fruits were my first subject matter when I wanted to tackle oils. But getting back into them is like visiting an old friend. Besides I was requested via Etsy to paint more fruit paintings.

“Brown and Green Pears” was worked on with oils and cold wax. I was able to applied a bit of collage in the background. I hope to paint more paintings with oils and cold wax to create the translucent look.

Brown and Green Pears, 8 x 8 inches oil on canvas panel by Marlene Lee

“Chinese Whiskey Jar and Asian Pear” was painted strictly with oils but I used a palette knife towards the end. There is something expressive that happens when I use the palette knife for accents.

Chinese Whiskey Jar with Asian Pear, 8 x 8 inches oil on canvas panel

A Page of Bell Peppers in Watercolor

Bell Peppers 2018
Bell Peppers, 9 x 12 inches watercolor on Strathmore “Visual Journal” 140 lbs. cold pressed watercolor paper.

Here’s the process of one of the bell peppers.

Grapefruit and Lemon Halves

I love painting from the top view. I found that slicing up the fruits have very interesting textures. Especially grapefruits, oranges, lemons and avocados. Their symmetrical and circular shapes make interesting compositions.

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Grapefruit and Lemon Halves 2018, oil on canvas panel, 8 x 8 inches by Marlene Lee

Pumpkins Paintings

These paintings of pumpkins were painted around 2013. Recently someone bought one of them. I had completed forgotten they were around and thought I had destroyed them.

Four Pumpkins in a Row
Four Pumpkins in a Row, 6 x 12 x 3/4 inches, oil on stretched canvas

Pumpkin with Top Off
Pumpkin with Sliced Off Top, 8 x 10 x 3/4 inches oil on stretched canvas

Pumpkin with Sliced Top
Pumpkin Top Off, 8 x 10 x 3/4 inches oil on stretched canvas

Apple

More attempts on using the palette knife. Actually the finishing touches with a palette knife but I began this painting with brushes.

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Apple by Marlene Lee, 7×5 inches oil on canvas panel