An Orange and a Banana…

Painting of an orange and a banana

By means of a break from drawing daffodils I thought I’d do a bit of fruit today: an orange and a banana. This sketch was painted in acrylics, which (as in a post from a couple of days ago – ‘Daffodil #2’) I had been using to try to finish a difficult portrait.

Today’s sketch was completed in about an hour. It’s painted on 10″ x 12″ canvas in a Crawford & Black canvas pad. I enjoyed painting this very much, which I hope comes across.

Top tip: buy bananas when they’re a bit green – they’ll last longer. Wait til they’re yellow to eat them though, obviously (there’s no need to thank me). I don’t remember ever having painted a banana before (not that it’s something that would stick in my memory). However, I do remember painting an orange about 15 years ago: an enjoyable commission for some illustrations to go on a Springs marmalade tin. Fascinating stuff I’m sure you’ll agree…

Still life painting of some fruit

3 Comments Add yours

  1. barbara says:

    Think the orange is fab – really leaps out of the page

    1. simonbirtall says:

      Thanks Barbara! I think this is one of my favourites so far.

  2. Mike Biskup says:

    I like this one a lot Simon! Weighty and Bright.

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