8 x 10 in
Oil on Belgium Linen Panel
With the beginning of this painting I was more in tune with the drawing for some reason. I guess because I started a ball point pen drawing yesterday and when that happens I usually tend to draw the same way with the brush. You can see that I went straight to the background worrying about the overall temperature.
Once I have my background filled in I moved towards the base, making sure I get the correct chroma and value. Once that is in the correct place I then move to the tangerine, at this stage I go into big form modeling. You can see that I go dark into light with the modeling, I don't go too dark with the darks I leave that till the end of the painting.
Once my big form is modeled to my liking, I move on to the leaves. I'm only filling in the darks with the leaves the same way I handled the tangerine. Then when I am done with the modeling the big form I move onto the smaller forms, I start adding the subtleties and also the placement of the highlight.
This is the finished painting, you can see after I added the smaller forms with in the tangerine I moved towards the leaf's and did the same. There is no mediums used through out these paintings so it's interesting to see how they react to the surface and through out the duration of the painting. Especially the darks, when I started this painting the darks where stated but not to its fullest dark, towards the end of the painting they were already sinking in. The lights were also fun to do, you can be so expressive with the lights, it's hard not going into them in the beginning of the painting. Hope you enjoy!