Sunday, December 23, 2007

"Fork and Shadow," 5x7, oil on gesso board

Connie Kleinjans fine artSold.

I'm kind of pleased with this one. I love how the Munsell complementary colors really pop, and square plates are way fun to paint, and the shadow of the fork was a bit of a challenge, but it even looks like stainless.

I've been looking at the work of Caroline Jasper. She starts with a really hot red ground, and keeps it visible in her final work (although she'll attenuate it in the background for landscapes). It gives her paintings an intensity I like. So I started with a red ground for this one. I actually found that some of my paints were too transparent, and I had to add some white to get them to cover the red enough. But I like the overall effect. No many neutrals here! That might be too hot if this was a 30"x36", but at 5x7 it works.

Here's a Caroline Jasper demo.


  1. Hi Connie,
    Merry Christmas. Love the red and reading what you have to say about what you are doing with everything you paint. I love your fearless approach to color. You have a real style.:)

  2. Just came by to wish you a Merry Christmas, Connie.

    I love the fork with the shadow. Great subject idea and really well done.