Monday, March 9, 2009

Low-hanging fruit

Loquat Cluster, 16 x 16

Last year the birds ate all our loquats before I could paint them. I was waiting for them to fully ripen and I waited too long. So today, when I saw the very first cluster of ripened fruit, I grabbed my paintbox and went straight out to paint. I just love the way the fruit and leaves present themselves.

12 comments:

Barbara M. said...

Hi Laurel,

I had to look this one up, apparently the name is derived from the Chinese meaning rush orange.

The painting is so exceptional like every painting of yours.

Super.

XOXOBarbara

r garriott said...

I have no idea what a loquat is, but this is a gorgeous painting! Love the colors.

David Westerfield said...

This is a good painting, and great composition.

julie davis said...

Love it, Laurel! They do "present themselves." I'm glad you got them before the birds did. :)

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Laurel, what a bright and happy painting. The color combination is really beautiful. I love to enlarge your paintings on the computer screen to see your great brushstokes, so loose and confident! Thank you always for sharing your inspiring work.

Jala Pfaff said...

Fabulous!
I have no idea what a loquat is.

Karen said...

This painting is wonderful and instructive for me in how you manipulated the brights vs. dulls to create dimension...very cool. Did you cut into the leaves with your background color?
I also have no idea what a loquat is!

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Love you,
Erin :)

Mary Anne Cary said...

I love your colors Laurel, you have a distinct color pallet it seems to me. I thought it was mostly in your landscapes, but I see how it carries over into your still lifes. Very unique!

Laurel Daniel said...

Thanks all! Loquat trees are all over here. The fruit is like small pears and apparently you can make pies and jams from it. I should try cooking them up.

Karen, yes, I do cut in the background (and sky) - always. I love the way the edges mix and create halos... it's one of my favorite stages in the painting process!

rahina qh said...

this is quite luscious in fruit, colour and brushstrokes. lovely work Laurel. r.

Barbsgarden said...

This is a great paintnig. I may try this as we have 5 Loquat trees. Last year Sam made wine and jelly from the loquat. MMMM good