I’ve been reading a lot of Carol Marine’s excellent art blog lately and am inspired by her fruity still lifes in oil. Tonight I discovered Michael Naples’ blog and was captivated by his still lifes too.

Then just for fun I opened Photoshop and started messing around, showing the kids some of the brush tools and the effects that can be achieved with them.

I very rarely do still life (I think I’ve done five in ten years) but I ended up with this apple painting, done without reference. I’m pretty pleased with it.

(Green apple 1. Digital painting, 520x520px. © 2010, Andy Dolphin)