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!