Leroy Forney

Tangerine – thank you Rose


I haven’t painted any portraits since the workshop with Rose Frantzen, it’s true.  But I did use her approach to paint a tangerine – not only because it was fun, but because the problem of making the surface “turn” using color instead of value has a lot in common with painting a face.  But in addition, the subtle color changes in the slice that catch its depth and transparency require the same approach.  It turned out well enough to submit to the Plastic Club exhibition “Small Worlds”,

The skin, slice and peeling all have their own demands

Thanks for teaching me how to paint this, Rose.

Since I was submitting Tangerine to the exhibition, I also included  “Adirondack,” as it catches the muted feel of a rainy morning over the upstate NY lake at Paul Smith’s College near Brighton, NY. I was sitting under the Student Union deck to paint it, but the rain was still spattering through the boards of the deck and sloshing over me.  It was worth it, though.

The whole atmosphere was muted and still

Cloudy, rainy day at the lake.



Author: Leroy

A scientist by training, I retired to travel, then landed in Philadelphia to paint - and recently, to explore alternative materials for art. Currently I create Bas-relief Cardboards as my unique environmental medium.

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