Friday, December 26, 2008

Cherries Part Two-SOLD


Part two of the cherry paintings. they really are challenging because theyre so reflective and the skins are transluscent and dark. i still want to do another one (or two) to see if i can nail that cherry skin!

4 comments:

JMahorney said...

Jeez Mike I think you already nailed it! Beautiful light and sensitive reflections. Really, this is a gem. :)

mike rooney studios said...

jmahorney
thanks man! thats the cool thing about cherries. it is a super reflector with that shiny skin. takes a bit of thought on value plan tho'. theyre not really light skinned and not really dark skinned, so it takes a little thought about how youre going to make the subjects stand out. the reflections are in the shadow but they try to trick you into painting them too light. i love a challenge!
see where you sold the thai man. WTG!
hope you and yours had a good Christmas.

bonnieluria said...

Mike- I really like how you captured the purple-y-ness of those cherries and their infinite reflections.

Wonderful.

PS- I made a comment on your boat painting from two posts ago but it never showed up.
But I'll say it again- it was a beaut!
The way you caught the suns' glow and the detail without overdoing is just marvelous.

mike rooney studios said...

bonnieluria
thanks for the nice words. the boat almost didnt get painted because usually if i dont finish it that day (or week at the most) i lose interest and usually move on to something else, leaving that one in the corner of the studio. i grabbed this one and banged out the last 25% using a digital.
may start getting 75% of big ones (bigger than 12x16) done plein air and finish in the studio. been looking for a way to make rainy, cloudy or cold days profitable. maybe this summer i'll start a couple dozen and finish them when the weathers bad.
the ones i do 100% in the studio seem so tight to me so i dont like studio painting. but finishing the loosy goosey start i do 75% of outside, could be the answer to all my problems.
hope your Christmas was all you had hoped for. have a great new year in 09!