Sunday, August 29, 2010


5 x 7 in
Oil on Canvas Panel
I have been away for about a week and half on vacation and it feels so good getting back to painting.  I visited my family in Miami and brought all my painting supplies but for some reason could not get to it, I guess it wasn't the right time to paint.  I decided to paint this plum to get back to painting on my regular routine, I really don't like not painting for that long.  When I was in Miami my mother always had plums laying around to eat and I really love these fruits.  
I started with the usual dry brush approach using raw umber  and no medium, after the drawing was established I started on the darkest values of the plum.  I used ivory black, and cadmium red light, I first made sure the big form was turning. 
Then I added the local colors on the inside of the plum, I used cadmium red light, cadmium yellow light, burnt sienna.  After the big form is turning I added the smaller forms or the details and made sure they work well with the larger form.  Then I added the base and background colors using burnt sienna, ivory black, cadmium yellow light, cerulean blue, and titanium white.  I also added the background when I was done with the base using cerulean blue, titanium white and some cadmium red light.
This is the finished painting sorry to have missed some steps with the process photos, a little rusty I've been out of it for a while ;)  Thanks for stopping by and viewing, hope you enjoyed this one!


judith said...

It's great to see you back painting ! I missed seeing your daily work . This looks so delicious! Beautifully done! Hope you enjoyed your visit home .


Such a wonderful little rendition that one can not tell that you have been gone - nice trip?

Love your style Jonathan!

bricarwaller said...

So simple and pretty and gorgeously rendered. Love you blog:)

Virginia Floyd said...

I really enjoyed seeing your painting method. This is a beautiful painting!

Cobalt Violet said...

That is one spectacular and yummy plum.