Monday, June 14, 2010

"Heirloom Tomato"

"Heirloom Tomato"
8 x 10 in
Oil on Canvas Panel
This is my second painting of an heirloom tomato, I can see the difference in technicality from the first time I painted it.  It was almost a monochromatic painting but with hints of oranges and light greens here and there.  It felt good getting back too painting, I have been so caught up with trying to get votes for the competition that I neglected my paintings.  There is nothing like painting!
I started with the usual dry brush approach, I use no mediums through out my painting.  The only time I use mediums is when I varnish it in the end.  I used raw umber for the drawing a very tiny bit of it on the brush, when the drawing was established I moved onto the shadows of the tomato.  I used ivory black,  and cadmium red.
After putting in the darks I put in the middle values, when I start putting them in I go back to the shadows and take it to a finish as with the middle values.  I make sure to take each stage to a finish which means your level of concentration is really high in order to get everything right.  Then I put the lighter values as you can see I am moving from right to left since I made this fruit much larger on the canvas it took a longer time to paint it.  For the middle and lighter values I used cad. red light, cad. red, cad. orange, and titanium white.  I am also creeping up to the highlights making sure to leave the bare canvas since that is the whitest you can get.  
Then I started moving towards the left of the tomato, I am using the same palette as I mentioned above.  I  am going from the middle values then towards the lighter values and taking them to a finish.  Then I go into the highlights and add titanium white, blending them with the surrounding values and softening the edges.  Thats the other thing I am constantly being aware of is my edges, each stroke I lay down I am seeing if the edge of the stroke needs to be softened or crispier.  Edges will always make or brake you'r painting its good to take special care of them.
Then I moved onto the wooden base I stated the darks first just using ivory black, I also stated the stem of the tomato.  Then I moved onto the middle values, using burnt sienna, and ivory black.  Then I went to the stem and added lighter greens, I didn't go too far with it since I have not added the background yet and know I will have to soften the edges.
Then I added the background, I used cerulean blue, naples yellow, and titanium white.  I first made sure to go around the edges of where the tomato meets the background and soften where it needs to be softened.  I always think these guys have the most unique looking features and glad to have painted them again.  I hope you enjoyed this one and thank you for stopping by!  


Anonymous said...

ey este tomate se ve muy bien, los brillos esta muy realistas!!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

This looks so sumptuous, Jonathan. This is a tomato-lover's dream come tru!

Bruce Sherman said...

Hi Jonathan!.... This is surely a delectable heirloom!

"I" love making a thick tomato-only sandwich on thick fresh white bread... a bit of mayo... a few sprinles of salt and pepper. Nothin' better on a hot summer day... chugged down with a frosty glass of "moo"!

"You" got "me" headin'... to the fridge my friend! A beautiful rendering!

Good work on the contest "thingy"! "You" are a winner in my books... no matter the contest outcome!

Good painting!
Warmest regards,

Lokelani Forrest said...

What a beauty. You always do such a great job.

SEILER said...

Another stellar piece man!

Karla said...

looks like today you are in first place. I voted for you

Judy P. said...

Hey Jonathan you won! Many congrats, and you deserve it, as seen by your latest demo. So I see it was neck-and-neck, but you stretched out at the end.
Enjoy your 1st place- great too that 2nd place was awarded a membership also- a good time for all!

Gwen Bell said...

Great job on this tomato, Jonathan! Your work is so lovely.

Congratulations on winning the DP contest! I look forward to seeing your beautiful paintings in my daily email from DP. :)

Laurel Daniel said...

Congratulations, Jonathan! You do beautiful work, and I wish you all the best!!!! Very exciting to have you on board!