Low hanging fruit

A different approach to my oil painting, this work is done on primed mdf board. (What does mdf stand for – I have no idea, but it is a smooth surfaced composite board.) A friend gave me a recipe for a base coat to use instead of gesso – this is a mix of whiting (no idea exactly what that is either, but it is an inexpensive white powder bought from hardware stores, I think you can whiten your tennis shoes with it) and neutral toned acrylic paint. A few coats of this, well sanded between applications gives a lovely working surface, not as intrusive as working on white gesso. The original inspiration for the image came from a tiny scrap from a gardening magazine, which has taken on its own life. So, another don’t know, this time what the fruit may be, but I don’t think it really matters. It is 30 x 30 cm.


Author: anna warren portfolio

I draw, I paint, I am a printmaker. Always searching for the interesting detail in the world around me.

42 thoughts

    1. Thank you Julie! The colours are a bit different for me, although using my usual palette of seven colours. I think the warm neutral of the base colour definitely influenced the result, taking the colours into a softer, more tertiary area. Fruit can be seductive can’t it?!


  1. It doesn’t matter at all what kind of fruit this is, it’s universal fruit, if you will. I’m drawn in by the subtle color and shadow, the glow of light. Beautiful!


  2. How fascinating I had my comment in my mind as i scrolled down here Anna and it kind of fits in with Julies comment above *seductive … I was immediately thrown into thinking of Christina Rossetti’s poem Goblin Market of which I’m sure you will be familiar .
    And you are so right, it really matters not a jot what the fruit may be πŸ™‚
    Another lovely art work piece , I’ve so enjoyed my catch up time here on your blog !


    1. Ah, Christina Rosetti! Of course, I can see exactly what you mean. Her poems had that lush descriptive feel that I am trying to get in this painting. Poppy, you always know where I am going! It’s very good to have you back, I have missed your comments and your posts – looking forward to your collaboration with Chillbrook!


  3. Ohhh, so lovely! I feel the glow coming through the front leaf. I agree with Karen, you need to produce several more and create a set. Keep it coming!


  4. Mmmm….mango! Or at least that’s what it looks like to me, having seen them grow in reality up in Kununurra, the Kimberley. I love the glow of the green on what I presume would a leaf and, interestingly, Anna, the extract you’ve decided to paint I would regard, as a photographer, to be a rather messy image and not bother to photograph it; yet, as a painting, I like it very much! Indeed.


    1. Thanks Janina – you could be right, it may be a mango, but on the other hand it may have been a tiny berry, blown up large! The actual object didn’t interest me really, its more about the form. Such an interesting comment from a photographer’s point of view – we must look for something different in a composition, which is good I think!


  5. lush and ready for picking – beautiful – funny I saw something like these fruit last night being grown in north queensland – it could be an ‘achacha’ not that it really matters! it really does glow.


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