For a while now, I've thought about painting a still life using the complimentary colors of orange and blue. When I found a handmade, blue bowl at a thrift shop, I knew that it would look great paired with mandarins.
I blocked-in the painting in color, so that I could work out the composition as well as the color values and tones. It also allowed me to decide whether I should keep the background fabric white or change it to a light blue color. I think the white fabric makes the bowl and the oranges stand out and gives the painting a fresh and modern feel. Enjoy!