Beauty Inside SOLD
6" x 6" watercolor
Kiwi's are ugly little beasts aren't they? Well, at least on the outside. I wonder what in the world possessed the first person to slice that hairy brown *thing* up and take a peek?
Hunger induced madness? Pending zombie apocalypse? Or just plain old curiosity?
I don't know, but I would have loved to have seen the look on their face when they saw the beauty trapped inside. Because they are beautiful once you slice them open.
Jewel bright and shining with all those lovely unorganized, yet sort of organized black seeds. And that gorgeous semi-transparency that lets sunlight flood in and just sparkle and glow.
Yessss, precioussss. The inside of a kiwi is very pretty indeed.
This is technically my first official still life*. And I rather like it. It was a lot of fun to do and I can see the value in painting subjects that I don't paint very often. It forced me to do some experimenting with color mixing and value.
And probably most important, it gave me a chance to really push myself and see how much drama and interest I could come up with when painting something other than a human face.
So, keep an eye out for future still lifes from me. I'm already thinking of what I should paint next. Ideas anyone? ;)
* I credit two artists for inspiring me with a desire to paint a still life. The first, Kim Rempel, for her lovely brushwork, exciting color combinations, simple-yet-striking composition, and her ability to turn something very ordinary into a thing of beauty. And the second, Carol Marine, for much of the same things that I admire about Kim's work. This painting was created in Carol's honor for her birthday at the Daily Paintworks Challenge.