Cut up orange pieces are fun to work with if the lighting is right passing through the orange, giving a translucent appearance. I have been experimenting with reflected light off this black coffee cup. I find it helpful to keep in mind that the cup is still a black cup regardless of what bright object is reflected off its' surface. I must paint the oranges in a low key, with the colors leaning towards a darker grey on the color scale, to make it believable. The blue background is complimentary to the oranges in the painting, creating a more harmonious feel.
I was classically trained in drawing at the California College of the Arts and with various instructors in painting throughout the last 40 years. The act of creating daily with paints or other materials allows me to be in touch with my true passion and purpose through active expression. Eat, breathe, create.