Leftover Lunchroom Apples #2, oil on board, 8x8"

Leftover Lunchroom Apples #2, oil on board, 8x8"

This is one of those zombie paintings that despite my best efforts to kill it, just wouldn’t die. I painted it again and again, changing the background colors, the shapes of the apples, the colors of the apples, the shadow shapes and colors. And in between painting sessions it sat there on my easel taunting me.

I was determined to finish it today no matter what. So I photographed it, imported it into Photoshop and experimented there with colors and shape variations until I found a scheme I liked. Then I applied those changes in paint on my canvas. (I was tired of the actual background colors which were the same as Apples, Delicious.)

Update 6/12:  I asked a friend to be an innocent bystander and give me his honest opinion of the painting still on the easel. He said, “Uh, well…what are they?” When I said apples he said “Really? They don’t look like apples. But I like the red color.” FAIL? Yes.

It’s probably better to make many paintings instead of getting stuck painting the same one multiple times. But I get determined to figure out what is making me unhappy with a painting and to try to resolve the problems. Sometimes I discover there’s a fatal flaw in the composition or drawing that can’t be fixed with paint (and I fear this is one of those?). Then I just try to learn from that mistake for the next time and accept I’ve gone as far as I can.

I’d like to give the apples one more try (on a fresh canvas), to see if after all this practice I can do a fresh, quick painting that flows instead of lurches along in true zombie fashion.

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  1. Oh, those zombie paintings! You’re to be commended on trying to work through it and learn something…..I usually file it in the wood stove and never look at it again!

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    • I don’t have a wood stove but if I did, that’s where this one would go next. Maybe I need some garlic or a stake or…what is that you use to make zombies disappear (fire perhaps?) Jana

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  2. I keep going till it is just a mess at times. I can sure understand wanting to get it right.

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    • Well I think keeping going til it is just a mess is about what I ended up with! I asked a friend to be an innocent bystander and give me his honest opinion, which was “uh, well what are they?” When I said apples he said “Really? They don’t look like apples.” So, on to the next… Jana

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