Sunday, December 13, 2009

"Christmas Apple"

Watercolor on watercolor paper - 5" x 5" (SOLD)

The holiday season clearly inspired this painting!

I spotted this particular apple and was struck that the greens were just as intense as the reds. Normally as an apple ripens just one color dominates. What a rarity!

I loved the color combinations. When I saw it I immediately thought of Christmas! I wanted to paint it. No, I HAD to paint it!

It felt lively and festive....almost like an ornament!

Perfect timing!

Happy holidays!!


Mona Diane Conner said...

beautiful Dean!

melanie said...

YUMMY' tis festive and fresh and alive looking.
Beautiful...seems like it was special just for you, to capture your attention and spark your passion to paint'

J@v@JuNKo said...

its just beautiful!!! The colours that nature blends and creates is always captivating to me and you've captured that onto canvas with your talent!!

Octavius said...

Very nice, and yes very festive.


Manon said...

It's lovely Dean!! It is a Christmas apple! I feel joy in this painting!!

Happy holidays my friend!!

Dean Grey said...





I like the term "alive looking" very much!



I'm glad you think so!






Happy holidays to you too!


Everyone's wonderful comments here mean a lot to me!


Anonymous said...

How wonderful to see something that has sparked such joy in you my is truly beautiful, the colors and how they blend, yet stans me it is like a jewel....truly an inspiration.

I love hearing the joy in your description, it reminds me of being a little boy and recieving an apple in my stocking, wonderful.

Carolina said...

Wow, Dean, this apple is perfect!

Anonymous said...

Looks great!! It's easy to forget all the different colors!

Paul Benjamin said...

Great job! You are very talented, Dean!

Meeko Fabulous said...

That's gorgeous! I love the way green and red play on each other, don't you?

robertga99 said...

It is beautiful!

Dean Grey said...


You got an apple.....for Christmas?!



I don't know if anything can be perfect but I tried my best!



That's why I'm here to remind you! (^_^)



Awww, thanks for that!



Yes, I love the way the red and green play off each other!



Thank you, Bob!


I appreciate all of your enthusiastic compliments on this painting!


Kathleen Coy said...

Oh, the colors... it's perfection!!!

PS. When I was a kid I used to get an orange or apple in my Christmas stocking, along with chocolate coins and little toys. :-)

Adam said...

Uhm, happy holidays! If the apple announcing Christmas is right, it should be a great one!

Adam (

Dean Grey said...


You got fruit for Christmas too?! I would not be happy about that gift!



Let's hope so!


Thanks to both of you for chiming in here!


Jo Potter said...

Hi Dean,
This is an amazing picture... The apple looks magic next to the intense green...I love it!:)
The image is really alive. Excellent colours and textures.
Good to see you again at my place.
Have a great Christmas!;)

Unknown said...

This is just great! Congratulations on your work, Dean!

jason said...

I love the gradations between the two colors.

stanw said...

You have captured every detail in such an amazing, color perfect, way. I love apples and this one would be 'delicious', is delicious! It's neat how you said you 'had' to paint it, I understand that.

Tracey Clarke said...

It makes me really happy to see you create art, Dean....this is really lovely.

Aaron said...

I am jealous that people can draw or colour well! Bah! :P LOL! Hope you're well Mr Artist!

Dean Grey said...


Well, green is my most favorite color so naturally I'm partial to these colors!



Oh, thank you!



I liked the transition in colors too. That's one of the reasons that made me want to paint the apple to begin with!



I tried my best!



That's very nice of you!





All of your kind feedback is greatly appreciated!


naturgesetz said...

This is beautiful!

I'm glad the auction didn't close before I got back from retreat.

artbyakiko said...

This apples looks so real. Now I feel like eating an apple. Wish I bough some today when I went to the farmers' market. :(
Have a great holiday, Dean!

Ekanthapadhikan said...

Merry X'mas Dean!

That painting is awesome! It sure is a rare thing to see two colours on an apple!

AndyDrewby said...

Nice. Did you eat the apple when you were done?

Dean Grey said...


Hooray, you are back!



It seems this painting is encouraging people to eat healthy! LOL



Merry Christmas to you too!



Actually, I had an apple the next day! If it was the exact same one, I wasn't paying attention. Somebody ate it though!


Thanks to the four of you for stopping by!


Peter said...

That apple looks tasty. Love the colours too.

Dean Grey said...


Almost good enough to eat! Ha ha ha.


Unknown said...


Dean Grey said...


Welcome to my blog and thank you!!


Abdul said...

very good! I want to eat that apple! :)

Dean Grey said...


I couldn't ask for a better compliment than that!