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Composition and Theme

Posted by Gayle Levee, 25 January 2011 · 435 views

The light this morning is soft and cool. It strikes an assortment of large leaves I had collected last fall. I pick one of them up; it's perforated. The holes are the same size as those in the ceramic.

These are not tropical leaves. These are large, exotic-looking but deciduous. They have dried into tattered, windblown, dramatic shapes.

Hm. Fixing them into the vase, placing a collection of luscious tropical fruit at the focal point, I muse about the contrast in colors and shapes and a theme begins to emerge. God's creation is larger than just the season of one country. Winter and summer are going on all at once in this world.

Experience is greater than that of one person. As one mourns, another rejoices.

Once I've solved the problems of composition and theme, the first rough lay-in of paint takes only a few hours.

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Oh, I love the colors...We are going 4 days with no sun here in Michigan and it feels good to look at something so sunny and colorful!
I hope someday to paint half that good.
Hello Gayle,

I have sent two posts tonight already but they were to do with the smaller section of this large painting. I had no idea there was so much more and these leaves and jug were part of the same painting as that with the fruit, books and onion. Wow, it's magnificent and only partway there. I guess if I search further I'll find even more but I'll continue to ask questions just in case. Gayle, what coloured background would you have started with for this painting? Surely it would not have been Burnt Umber or a black created with Alizarin Crimson and Viridian? :confused:

I did a full-color underpainting in this case; you could call it alla prima.

Hopefully later this week I will be able to get back to this painting, and post a full length photo of it.

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