One of my very first humourous still life images featured turnips. I don’t paint them often, though I’m not sure why - they are truly glorious when wet with vivid magenta and purple hues. In this regard, turnips are like river rocks, gorgeous when wet and bland when dry.
I depicted Fell Off the Turnip Truck from a top-down perspective. This vantage point makes fantastic, long shadows and lets the viewer see a different view of the subject matter than you might normally see. From this angle, the grill, cab, and bed of the truck are all in full view.
The background with turnip reflections is abstract in quality. It’s a loose feel, with subtle colors showing through the scrapes and drips of paint. The misty reflections add visual interest to the painting and makes you intensely aware that there are objects on the ground.
Fell Off the Turnip Truck is the result of an evolution in my painting style. Of late, I have been employing a looser, freer painting style (though it may not look like it in the finished work). Instead of painting a sequence of thin layers one after another, I’m doing more purposeful brush strokes. I’m enjoying the part of my career where I have enough practice and experience to put the right color in the right spot with the right brush - the very first time. Knowing that each stroke is perfect when I make it is a rewarding place to be.
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