Mango On Wood Block I is the first in a series of paintings on the luscious mango. Not only did I have the fun of reproducing its shimmering skin using my oil paints, but I got to eat it afterwards! It was great fun varying the pressure of my brush to achieve the mango's glow.
The biggest challenge was keeping the light and shadow on the mango separate, yet softening the transition between the light and shadow.
As with all my paintings, this was a joy to paint. I particularly, enjoyed the contrast of textures-the hardness of the brass pot, the delicate doily, the translucent grapes and orange slices, and the fading leaves.
I hope you enjoy this painting as much as I had painting it.
During the winter months, I get nostalgic for Little Pond, the campground in the Catskill Mountains in Up-State New York where my family and I camped during the hot summer months.
It was also the best time to call our best camping buddies and reminisce about our summer days at the beach at Little Pond. During our conversation, we'd plot and plan our next trip-the dates and the campsite numbers.
Little Pond II is a view from our campsite, right next door to our camping buddies.
Each evening as the sun set, I'd stand by the lakeshore and absorb the quiet and watch the beams of flashlights coming from the roadless, remote campsites at the other end of the lake. I'd wonder who could be signaling. Were the beams a lonely camper seeking company?