I am starting a new painting. I decided to put together a still life with a turban squash and a Braeburn apple for sheer bright colors, which I need right now for my sanity. I have also decided to do something different with the composition. Keeping with the classic pyramid style, I decided to add balance to the mixture. It took a bit of doing to get the apple to balance just right on the squash..I finally had to add a bit of tissue paper to get it to set the way I wanted it.
I chose a 12X12 canvas to emphasize the balance and composition. Using willow twig charcoal, I sketched out my drawing before getting ready to paint.