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Friday, January 25, 2008

A Red Head


A Red Head, 5 x 7" Oil on canvas

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The interior of a cabbage is very intricate and quite abstract! The outer leaves are equally interesting in their color and how the light plays along the head of the cabbage. In this painting, I could only capture the suggestion of what is going on inside the head - but I love the abstract shapes and the contrasting colors between the light rib interiors and the reddish purple into bluish purple of the leaf areas.

The picture below shows step one. In this case I did not tone the canvas first. I was interested in keeping the lightest areas pretty white. I like phase I of this painting - it almost resembles a water color, although it was done with light washes on the stretched canvas. After that dried, I then went back with thicker paint and liquin to achieve the more detailed parts.

3 comments:

Miss Sandy said...

I just wanted to pop in and say hi! Funny how you can make a cabbage interesting as I have never thought them to be so before seeing your paintings.

doudy said...

The details are Amazing WOW !!

Anna said...

Helen, as a matter fact these great heads are my favorite to eat - salad consists of thinly sliced cabbage, grated apples, carrots and diced onions, white vinegar and virgin olive oil, just a thought is you want to try. Thanks for sharing these great works, Anna :)

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