The Planets- Suspended


   The back story to this painting  involves a walk in the local apple orchard last autumn. There were lots of apples still hanging on long after the the leaves had curled and lost the living green tones of a warmer season. A few clicks of my camera would preserve the details for later reference.  I knew there was something here to paint although my first attempt was unfruitful.


After trying to just paint the picture as I saw it in the photo I was really dissappointed. Nothing seemed right.  The grass in the background was being put on with vertical strokes and seemed to be taking away from the main subject(s).  After  I think was several weeks to a couple months I started seeing the whole thing in a new light.  The fruit suspended from the trees seemed to dance almost independently of the twigs and branches that supported them. So just like staring at one of those hidden- image- pixel-like pictures that eventually reveal another truer subject *behind* it I began to see the apples as planets in an orchard of life.
In outer space up-and-down, north-and-south don’t have to have the same meaning as it does here on ground.  So the moon and nightscape was painted as an almost separate scene yet connected by the theme.  In other words you can turn the painting upside down if you like.  This painting is going in with my Space Seed collection of which there are two other paintings to date: here and here

Thanks for dropping in (like an apple) and see ya ’round like a….planet?

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