Orange Still Life
What is the perfect orange still life? For Nadezhda Bogomolova, it is one refined mandarin, a vase, and a bottle on a draped table. It is simple yet sophisticated. Sunny orange watercolor still life – mandarine and a bottle with sweet and a little bitter mandarin nectar. A small and hot piece of the sun. A mandarin is a beautiful orange fruit with a distinct semi-bitter taste perfect for marmalade or just a tangy snack. As a color on an artist’s palette, it is redolent with memories of this small round cousin of the orange.
The drapery is a classic foil in so many historical paintings, such as Cézanne. It is so pleasant to be in the company of this watercolor genius. The drapery is a classic foil in so many historical paintings, such as Cézanne. It is so pleasant to be in the company of this watercolor genius.
Paper with a purpose
The striking orange and blue watercolor still life painting is on fine art paper measuring 10×15 inches. From France, Arches paper is 100% cotton and 300 gram per centimeter, cold press. It is the very best paper, money can buy for the discriminating artist. It guarantees strength and durability – conservationist’s dream.
The wet-on-wet watercolor technique thrives on such a pristine surface. You get soft, translucent patches of pure hues complete with highlights and shadows. The edges of forms miraculously disappear, and objects seem to merge. Reflections dance across the objects and seem to be the exact subject of the watercolor still life painting.
The geometry of the orange still life
Despite the limited palette of blue and orange, color opposites, the restricted colors perfectly describe the soft cylindrical and spherical forms as well as the hard-edges of fabric. Light and dark elements appear throughout the composition thoroughly planned yet spontaneous. There is one more artist’s very successful still life with play of blue and white, inlaid with bright mandarin lobules.
It is a superb display of the geometry of the orange still life. Objects in our surroundings are exemplars of math. Once an exercise in drawing class, these forms now impart an aesthetic punch.
How clever to render hard forms with such delicacy and ease. Watercolor is an experienced artist’s medium as such contradictions are difficult to achieve. Yet here they are in perfect coexistence.
This delicious orange still life painting will be a wonderful decoration for your dining room or kitchen.