Saturday, January 11, 2020

Three Macs

The original painting is still available.

I recently bought a large bag of McIntosh apples at the supermarket. These are the ones that are a little smaller than the premium apples. They may be smaller, but they still taste good.

I like to cut them up and put them in my oatmeal in the morning. I add some cinnamon, walnuts, and sprinkle in some flaxseed meal. Flaxseed meal doesn't add much flavor but it’s good for you.

The quick oats only take 2-3 minutes to cook in the microwave so it’s convenient for when you're short on time. I don't like to skip breakfast so I always have a large canister of oats in the cupboard.

The McIntosh apples give the oats a little bit of an apple pie flavor when they’re warm–it’s a good breakfast to eat when it’s cold out.

Three Macs
Acrylic on canvas board
Chris Breier © 2020
Since I had a surplus of apples I thought I could use them in a still life painting. I have been using golden open acrylics for some time now. They dry a lot slower than the regular fast drying acrylics. This gives me a lot more time for blending.

I thought I could try and create the soft focus look that you can easily achieve with photography. The fact that the two apples in the background are out of focus, makes the apple in the foreground stand out more and appear sharper.

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