Still Life – Peaches

Three Peaches
Watercolor on 140 lb watercolor paper, 5.75″ x 4.5″

The area where I live now is famous for peaches and for the past couple of months there’s been a lot of them available at the farmer’s markets and grocery stores. Since it’s still peach season I thought they’d be a good subject for a still life practice, though actually this was painted from a photo taken right before they were eaten.

Peaches Still Life 1 ref

Moonlight Tea

Moonlight Tea

Oil on canvas, 8″x 10″

Hot cups of tea enjoyed in the moonlight. I think it’s been many years since I’ve made a still life, unless I’ve forgetting one, but I thought I’d try it again. This is modeled after a cast iron tea pot I have with two iron cups, but I didn’t actually set it in front of me while I worked so the shape is a little different. For me it’s the idea that the painting presents that matters.

I started with an underpainting with a few alkyd paints but then I painted over it with Van Dyke brown (NBr8+PBr7, Williamsburg), indigo (vat blue 1 synthetic indigo, Utrecht), and zinc white (PW4, Daniel Smith). It’s my first time using a paint from Utrecht and I liked it. The photo I took of this seems to be showing the white areas as brighter than they really are.

There’s another still life of fruit I made recently besides this but I think it needs more work.