It seems to have taken an age for this grumpy old badger to shake herself awake from an extended Christmas hibernation. And of course after all that snoozing the painting muscles needed to be warmed up, eased back into shape and given just a little gentle stretching. I went back to the basics by "paring" down my palette to concentrate on color mixing The slightly aging yellow pear left in the fruit bowl after the festivities, has been immortalized in these 4 quick oil studies painted using just 3 colors - Permanent Alizarin, Ultramarine Blue, Cad Yellow - & White. ** If you need a primer on your primaries, check out the cool video at the end brought to you by Sesame Street, and by the colors Red, Blue and Yellow
These paintings are on gessoed watercolor paper which I like to use for studies and experimental pieces. I snap up the watercolor paper pads on sale and then add 3 coats of gesso to protect the paper from the oil in the paint.
You can see larger images of the paintings on Etsy - click the pic to see a close up of all that juicy brushwork Or if you are interested in owning one...or perhaps A Pair?