Still Life Painting. ‘ Granny Smiths’

A still life oil painting of a pair of Granny Smiths apples with Blackberries with a mossy background

‘Granny Smiths’

Oil on panel 5 x 7 ins

‘Granny Smith’ which originated in Australia in 1868 was discovered by Maria Anne Smith.  

These small fruit studies make charming paintings and have proven to be popular among’st collectors. There are over 1200 varieties of English Apple, they have enchanting names: Acklam Russets, Barnack Beauty, Nutmeg Pippin, Knobby Russet…and many more.

The inspiration for these paintings stems from the stylised fruit that I was trained to paint during my time working for Coalport China.

Studies, such as these , which I paint today, have much more realism. I have a grower of various varieties of apple locally and can set them up in the studio and work from life.

There is no substitute for observation than working from nature, nature being our greatest teacher.

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