Onions on Glass.

“I like painting onions because they offer just about all the challenges. If you pull away a little bit of the skin you’ve got that beautiful rich colour with a very slick glossy surface. There’s also a density that needs to show. Those thin tightly- pressed layers have a glow that comes from within, and that’s tricky to capture.

Using hand-ground paint I’m able to get really thin strings of paint to create those papery edges of the skins. You have to get that Bible paper thinness. Only an onion has that. And dryness, wetness, thinness, thickness: that’s why they’re fun.

They are wonderfully out of their element on glass in this painting.”


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