Wednesday, May 12, 2010

"Yellow Tomatoes"

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"Yellow Tomatoes"
5 x 7 in
Oil on Canvas Panel
Started with a dry brush, no mediums were used just a bit of burnt umber on the brush.
Then I filled in the base after the drawing was completed, I used burnt sienna, yellow ochre, and titanium black.  At this stage I am just stating where the colors are gonna be, I am not worried about taking the painting to a finish.
Then I filled in the background, I used naples yellow, cerulean blue, and titanium white.  I made sure to bring the background color to the edge of the base so it can visually blend, this will make the edge seem as if its going off in the distance.
I started on the tomatoes by stating the mid and dark tones first.  I used burnt umber, permanent rose, and  cadmium yellow medium.  I am starting to form the big shapes first before I get into to details.
I then covered the tomatoes with cadmium yellow light, naples yellow, and cadmium medium yellow.  Then I made sure to work on the big forms first making sure the mid tones are turning.
I went back into the tomatoes and smoothed out the areas that needed to be smoothed, and also went into the shadows and worked at the colors.
This is the finished painting, I worked on the base after I was satisfied with the tomatoes.  I enjoyed painting the smoothness of these tomatoes, and also playing with the reflected lights in the mid tones.  I hope you enjoyed this one and thanks for stopping by! 

3 comments:

Lisa McShane said...

Jonathon - these really caught my eye! And again, I just love seeing your in-progress photos. Thanks for snapping them.

Jesus Estevez said...

I enjoyed this one too. very good work Jonathan.

Judy P. said...

Super, as usual, Jonathan!