Still Life with Conkers: Finished Painting

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This is the finished painting. Rather laborious but we got there in the end! Every now and then I quite enjoy tackling something like this, not botanical painting exactly, but painting a specimen of fruit or flowers, with some expression thrown in. Textures are tantalising, and making an object look solid on a two-dimensional plane likewise.

I hope I have succeeded. One or two conkers, I feel, I can pick up, but I will let others judge

I talked about the story of conker-playing when I last posted, and how sadly, the gentle art has disappeared amongst schoolchildren, thanks to the interference of the health and safety police. No need for me to dwell on that anymore, only to lament the passing of part of our heritage, which had continued effortlessly from generation to generation. Too easy to blame the iPad! Children that I know like traditional games and playing with their iPads

But enough ranting. Let’s get back to the painting and how it takes shape. I remembered to take a picture of an interim stage, so let’s have a look at that

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This is the stage following on from where I left the last post. I have completed a couple more of the conkers, this time with their husks, just to make sure the recipe is actually working. It seems to be!

As a base coat, I painted all the conkers with a bright orange, leaving a soft white spot on each, where the bright light is being reflected. I had already used a pale green for the husks, and had they been fresh from the tree. I could have continued with more green, but they had already gone a yellowy-brown colour, so true to nature, that is what I am doing.

The finished conker colour, I achieved using a succession of reds and browns. I did this wet-into-wet, so it is hard to give a blow by blow account. It is rather like sculpting. Do a bit, stand back and do a bit more

I can tell you, that I used light red, burnt sienna and burnt umber. At the very end, I gave nut and husk a unifying wash of light red, which I think gave them the colour I was looking for. And there it is

Thinking ahead, I have two projects taking shape in my head. One is to carry on with the painting of Bosham Harbour which I drew up and went no farther with. The other is to look back at Notre Dame with Pigeons, and redo the whole thing, removing that ghastly marquee on the left, and also improve the weather, and make the whole thing brighter and sunnier, albeit still winter time

I could also be going to Germany soon for the Christmas markets, so may be able to bring some interesting subject matter back with me

All for the future………….

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2 thoughts on “Still Life with Conkers: Finished Painting

  1. Firstly, the painting has been pinned to your board on Pinterest. Secondly, Monsieur, I am glad you are going to redo Notre Dame, and getting rid of the marquee; that’ll make it look wonderful. Thirdly, if you are planning to visit Mittenwald (please, please, please visit Mittenwald), I ask you for a long post with blow by blow account of everything (literally everything including food, weather, scenery, accommodation, sightseeing and shopping) from there; I require them for my work (very selfish). Finally, Monsieur, have you given the ancient Scottish Church a thought? It’s closer to you and visiting it may be a lot easier. Regards.

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    • Thanks for your helpful comments
      I too am looking forward to reworking the Notre Dame painting, although it will be into the new year before I shall be able to touch it
      Germany I can’t comment on yet, although it will be north and not Bavaria, although no doubt i shall post on the trip afterwards, as I expect there will be things of interest
      Thanks again
      David

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