Saturday, January 12, 2013

"Melitzanosalata" — completed oil painting by Paul Baldassini

“The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.” — Francis Bacon

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Here is the completed painting "Melitzanosalata" (eggplant salad).  The dimensiona are 27 1/4  x 24 inches.  I'm quite happy the way this work turned out and have already started on the next painting in this new series.  The white backgrounds offer all kinds of opportunities and potential for developing interesting compositions.  After working out my ideas through the lens of my camera, digitally editing the reference images allows me yet another creative opportunity to create a pleasing composition before I commit to brushes and paint.

I find it hard to just jump into a painting and get to work.  That's no doubt part of the reason why I have difficulty painting outdoors, en plein air or painting subject matter "from life in natural light", where you have to work, for the most part, very fast).  I know a great many artists find this to be the holy grail of painting accomplishment but its just not for me.  I also think its highly overrated.  What works for me is a methodical and steady approach to painting where I thoroughly enjoy every part of the process right up to signing my name (actually thats my least favorite and I always agonize over where and what color to sign it).

Look for the new work in-progress here very soon!


1 comment:

  1. These are stunning renditions of Mother Nature's Bounty! I love the composition, the whimsy of light as it cascades across the surface of the fruits and veggies. Terrific contrast with the backgrounds. Now why aren't these hanging in local restaurants?