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-- 14 May, 2005 --

Illustration Friday 'Nourishment' Challenge

'Autumn fruit'
Oil on canvas 15cm by 10.5cm

It is autumn in Australia. In the middle of May but most days are still warm - sometimes even in the mid to high 20s. It is hard to dress for the day at six in the morning when it is dark and cool, knowing that later it will most likely be another hot, blue sky day. We watch as the clouds roll over with their promise of rain only to be disappointed as they pick up their skirts and roll off again. The drought seems to go forever.

Autumn is the time for apples and grapes. They make a luscious picture as they sit in a bowl in the middle of the table. Being a favourite in our household, these were all that were left to paint.

Posted by robynls at May 14, 2005 12:49 PM


Poor lonely lil' grapes ! They need some cheese to keep them company. And some birdsongs too...

Posted by: steve at May 14, 2005 2:11 PM

Beautiful painting.

Posted by: Elle at May 14, 2005 3:26 PM

Beautiful, and delicious looking!

Posted by: Aravis at May 14, 2005 5:26 PM

Very nice!

Posted by: guisi at May 14, 2005 5:42 PM

This is wonderfully painted. Isn't the texture of canvas nourishing! There must be a connection between thinking of nourishment and fruit for Aussies.

Posted by: Anonymous at May 14, 2005 8:31 PM

This just glows. Much of your art has a palpable quality of serenity and this one has it in spades. And the clouds 'picking up their skirts' is a great image, by the way. You are so talented, Robyn. I enjoy looking at and reading your blog very much.

Posted by: Laura at May 14, 2005 9:46 PM

Uh, they are cute! Very interesting that it's autumn in Australia by now. Right now it's spring in Denmark where I reside - and we are looking forward to the days getting more and more hot - even if they never get as hot as your days. It's still too cold to wear short skirts, sandals and so... but the wintercoats have been put away ;)

Posted by: Anja at May 14, 2005 10:39 PM

Great work, really nice color~talent!

Mindy Wilson

Posted by: Mindy at May 14, 2005 10:46 PM

Ditto to all that has been expressed. Hopefully after this week end I can pick up the colored pencils and have a go at your instructions. :-)

Posted by: Bonnie at May 14, 2005 10:50 PM

it's a beautiful painting, executed gorgeously. love the variagated reds and greens

Posted by: Kerry at May 15, 2005 2:58 AM

These grapes looks so real and juicy I could just pop them in my mouth. Wonderful painting! How strange that you are having your autumn now and we are heading into spring.

Thank you for visiting my journal and how did you just know I would have vegetables as my focus Robyn? :)



Posted by: Maggie at May 15, 2005 2:34 PM

Beautifully done

Posted by: Willow at May 16, 2005 3:13 AM

I love your painting. I simply love the texture of paintings on canvas. ^^. Thanks for your nice comments about my doodle ^^.


Posted by: kir at May 16, 2005 5:32 AM

tasty little painting! Very nice

Posted by: Tony LaRocca at May 16, 2005 9:48 AM

Beautiful painting - the colors, the shading, very pretty.

Posted by: janey at May 16, 2005 10:15 AM

Love the richness and warmth of the colours here! Good job!

Posted by: Nicolette at May 16, 2005 11:24 AM

That´s just beautiful. Looks yummy. :)

Posted by: Jenny M at May 16, 2005 8:27 PM

yes, that is beautiful ! je trouve

Posted by: bobi at May 16, 2005 10:45 PM

Very beautiful painting, with great colors.

Posted by: wynlen at May 17, 2005 9:32 AM

Now, if we could increase the size of the bunch, let them ferment for a while, and voila we would have true nourishment. You done a great job capturing the sheen on the skin....now where's my glass.

Posted by: Detlef at May 17, 2005 10:14 AM

You have great artistic skills! I came to view your site because you left me a comment on mine, which was very welcome by the way, and I also see you left a comment on my son's blog too (a little boy from Bendigo). It is lovely to hear encouraging stuff, especially for him. Thanks muchly.

Posted by: brendanobrien at May 17, 2005 9:42 PM

This is great, love the warmth and texture is this piece. Nice work.

The warm colours of the fruit just give it that feeling of sunny summers afternoon, lazing about...

Posted by: Agi at May 17, 2005 11:56 PM

Beautiful work! Thanks for commenting on my blog :-)

Posted by: Deborah at May 19, 2005 4:08 AM

Robyn, great painting. I wonder, looking at your painting, whether you might enjoy this site:
It's called 'A Painting A Day', Duane does little postcard sized daily oil paintings, and sells them too, good for him. They are of traditional still life subjects, but usually a single object is focused on, such as a flower, a strawberry, a sandwich, a [dead] bird, the list goes on, Duane is a very prolific painter. Do check it out, I think, looking at this, that you would very much enjoy his work.

Oh, and finally, check out his cigar box pochade that he made, here:

I'll be interested to hear what you think.

Posted by: Blue at May 23, 2005 6:15 PM