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Day 1 - Two Pears on Gold - SOLD

My first of 30 paintings in 30 days!

This one is 10" x 10" and I painted the pears on a gold leaf background - a new technique I am trying out.

I prepared the canvas by applying a layer of golden leaf (which are very thin sheets of faux gold foil) and painting it with brown for an antique-looking background. The oil painting was then done on top of the golden background, which makes the finished painting glow and reflect the light in places. The appearance of the painting shifts according to the light and angle, so as you walk by it gradually changes.

Unfortunately the foil and the wet paint make it difficult to photograph without getting a pale "haze" over the image, so the actual is a bit more saturated in tone and color.

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Reader Comments (4)

It's beautiful. You're crazy talented, and I'm looking forward to the next 29.

October 17, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterBetty

Aww Betty, you are always so supportive of my art, it means a lot to me :)

November 3, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterSadie Jernigan Valeri

Sadie. What a change - in a good way. Fast paintings. Saturated colors. Gold leaf. You inspire me.

Don't get me wrong, I love, LOVE your long-form still life paintings. But I know the joy of changing things up now and them. Clears your brain; It's freeing; and filled with discovery. And just plain fun.

Looking forward to see painting 30 (and all those in between). My guess is we will see an very interesting progression.

Congrats on the sale, too. Keeps you in paint and brushes.

Paint on!!

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Lynn Adams

Michael you can see all 30 of them right now - this post is from 4 years ago! Sorry to confuse you, I just posted this post on FaceBook to mark my blog being 4 years old now :))))

But maybe someday I will go back to gold leaf and fast painting :))))

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSadie J. Valeri
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