For quite some time, I’ve been keen to do a couple pomegranate paintings. I would aways pause and look at the reference photos momentarily before scrolling past. I always felt a bit intimidated by the detail of the seeds in particular. However, the urge to try it finally came. I could no longer resist the vibrant pink and red hues that kept calling out to me.
I completed two paintings working on them both in tandem. During the process, the pomegranate paintings flowed relatively naturally. However, I had to keep reminding myself…”It is the impression of the seeds that you are aiming to create, not an exact replica… keep it simple, we’re only aiming for the impression“… It would have been easy to get too caught up in the seeds/details of the piece, thereby ‘overworking’ it. So, I needed that constant reminder… and where the thought arose to add necessary detail, I’d stop painting.
Ultimately I’m definitely pleased with the finished work. My tropical still life work serves to celebrate the beauty found within the commonplace. I feel that one can take a common object and create a previously unseen wonder or meaningful by remaining highly sensitive to the subtleties of light and shadow.