Tuesday, August 17, 2010


8 x 10 in
Oil on Canvas Panel
Garlic is always used by my girlfriend to cook so many delicious meals, there are always laying around the kitchen ready to be used.  The smell of it while it's being cooked is so good, I had to do another painting of these guys to pay homage to them.  I wanted to portray them having some character not just sitting on top of a wooden board doing nothing, hopefully I did so with this painting.
I started with a dry brush approach as usual using no mediums just a bit of raw umber on the brush to get the drawing correct.  After the drawing is established I start on the first garlic going from darkest to lighter values, I used ivory black, titanium white, burnt sienna, and cadmium orange.
I spend all my time in one area getting the value, chroma, drawing and edges right, after all that is correct I move onto the next section.  I started on the second garlic doing the same procedure as I did on the first, I'm also stating the darkest values in the cast shadow to introduce some of the wooden base.
On the third garlic I did the same procedure as the first and second one.  I tried to keep the strokes in the lighter areas more loose and have character to them, I did soften some of the strokes to give a good balance of loose and tight areas.
Then I added the darkest values to the base using ivory black, cadmium orange, cadmium red light.  I also used burnt sienna, cobalt blue, and ivory black for the cast shadows on top of the base.  Then I used titanium white, burnt sienna, cadmium orange, cerulean blue on the lighter values of the base.
I then used cerulean blue, naples yellow, and titanium white for the background.  This painting was fun to do a little challenging to implement character to a piece of food but overall fun, thanks for stopping by and viewing my work hope you enjoyed!

1 comment:

Paintings by Patricia said...

Great garlics and I love the subtle colors in the whites.