Cezanne's Orchard is part of my new series, Visionaries: My Tribute to the Innovators of Fine Art. In this image, I explore the work of the French post-impressionist painter Paul Cezanne (1839-1906). Here, I re-interpret his iconic painting, Curtain, Jug and Fruit.
Every museum store in the world carries postcards of their most popular works. I have dozens of these cards featuring every style of painting imaginable.
In this new series, Visionaries: My Tribute to the Innovators of Fine Art, I explore the artistry of these painters - marrying their iconic images with both abstract backgrounds and ultra-realistic still life objects to create something entirely new.I hope you enjoy them.
Cezanne's Orchard was a fun challenge! Cezanne painted with big brushes, using big strokes. When you see his paintings in person, you see brush strokes, brush hairs - the work is very textural. So the brainteaser for me was how to convey the nature of the original work with my precise, high-realism style. The answer? A very tiny brush! I created the same effects as Cezanne, but on a micro scale.
To suggest the background of the original painting, I created an abstract background using paint and a light mist of turpentine. Over this, I laid brown paper, which soaks up the turpentine. When the paper is peeled off, the lovely mottled texture is left behind on the canvas. The jug and the fruit are painted in the style of traditional still life realism. There is something for every art lover in this piece.
Note the use of the trompe l'oeil style of painting for the masking tape - the tape looks real and three-dimensional. Depicting masking tape instead of a shelf is a bit of fun, giving you a “behind the curtain” look at how a painting is constructed. You see, the way I paint a shelf in my paintings is to place tape on my canvas, paint my subject, peel off the tape, and then paint in the shelf. Leaving in the tape gives you an “in progress” look into my technique.