Monday, May 24, 2010

"Green Apple"

"Green Apple"
8 x 10 in
Oil on Canvas Panel
Hi everyone I just wanted to remind you that I am still in the running to be in the top ten of the Daily Painters competition.  I am thrilled that I have made it this far, now I need everyones votes to get to the final round of voting.  If you want to vote for me just click here and all you have to do is click on the 5 stars and thats it! It's that easy.  I really appreciate everyone who has voted for me so far, this has been a personal goal of mine for a while to be a part of this organization.  Thanks again!
I started with a dry brush approach as usual, no mediums just a bit of raw sienna this time no burnt umber to start out.  After the drawing was established I filled in the shadows to the first apple, just concentrating taking it to an almost finished result.  I used ivory black, viridian, and cobalt blue.
Then I started filling in the middle tones and lighter tones, I used cobalt blue, viridian, cadmium yellow light, and titanium white.  In each step I make sure to jump back to the darks because their value gets affected by the lighter value I place next to it.  With the inside of the apple their were a lot of temperature changing from the bottom to the top.  I also made sure to soften the edges where shadow meets light.
Then I started on the second apple, again with the shadows, it's the same mixture as I did with the first apple except I included cadmium yellow medium.  As you can see I am also including the cast shadows of the apple, since there edges get lost in the cast shadow its best to state them now.
After filling in the mid and lighter values of the second apple, I stated the base which was burnt sienna, ivory black, and cadmium orange.  I do the same at this stage as I do with the apple try to take each stage to a finish before moving on to the other.
Then I added the mid and lighter values, I used burnt sienna, cadmium orange, naples yellow, and titanium white.  Then I filled in the background, I used cobalt blue, and titanium white I made sure to soften a lot of the edges when painting the background.  At this stage the painting starts coming together, I usually can see the finish line at this point.
This is the finished pic, I went back into some areas of the darks and just emphasized the blacks, I also went into the lightest values of the apple and brought it out a bit.  I hope you enjoyed this one as much as I did, thanks for stopping by and viewing.  



I see you're trucking on the competition Jonathan! Love your work and especially to see your stages of development. Good luck1

SEILER said...

Man, I really love and appreciate the warmth and colors that you put into your shadows! So great!

Lise King said...

Great Paintings...I really enjoyed your paintings and will try your demo...

Bruce Sherman said...

Hi!... "Me" again Jonathan!

"You" have covered all of the bases for your genre here!

Composition.... temperature... careful modulation of colour and tone... and convincing surface patina to take the subject away from being "too still".

Well done!

This painting would make a great cover design for a psychological textbook on....

" A Study in Split Personality Disorders"

Gotcha! HAHA! Couldn't resist some fun!

Good Painting!
Warmest regards,