Friday, September 3, 2010

"Fruit Tart"

"Fruit Tart"
5 x 7 in
Oil on Canvas Panel
This is the second painting I've done of pastries and let me tell you its hard not eating them while painting them.  These guys are so delicious so much flavor in one area, I tried to portray that with this painting.  This painting had some challenges in trying to paint shiny surfaces and also having so much happening in a confined area.  I was intimidated before painting this fruit tart, but once I started I enjoyed every bit of it.  I learned so much from each section of this painting, challenging myself to try to a achieve a certain look was painful and joyful!
I started with the usual dry brush approach for the drawing just using raw umber and no medium.  Then I started with the blackberry just using ivory black to give the local color.
Then I added the lighter values and really brought the blackberries out.  Then I started with the other half of blue berries, and raspberry.  I just stated the middle and darker values making the larger form turn with the light.  I used ultramarine blue, deep cadmium red, ivory black, and titanium white.
Then I added the lighter values making sure the smaller forms are working with the larger forms.  Then I added the green grape using the same process as I did with the other areas, I used viridian deep, cadmium yellow, cerulean, ultramarine blue, and titanium white.
Then I added the tangerine and pineapple to the painting doing the same process adding the local color and turning the big form, when the bigger form is working then I add the smaller forms.  I used cadmium orange, cadmium yellow, yellow ochre pale, deep cadmium red, ultramarine blue, and titanium white.  Then I added the strawberry I used deep cadmium red, ivory black, ultramarine blue, and titanium white.
Then I added the bottom of the fruit tart where the delicious cream is serving as a base with the fruits.  As you can see in these pics I did the same process of doing big form modeling and when thats working well I do the smaller forms or the details.  I used titanium white, yellow ochre pale, cadmium yellow light, ultramarine blue, raw umber, and ivory black.
Then i added the background which was cerulean blue, naples yellow, and titanium white.  Then I added the base using yellow ochre pale, cadmium yellow, raw umber, ivory black, and titanium white.  I must say when I was done I ate this delicious fruit tart and thoroughly enjoyed it.  I did not let myself stop unless this painting was done with, if I stopped before I would of eaten the fruit tart.  I hope you enjoyed this painting, thanks for stopping by and viewing!


bricarwaller said...

Delicious! Looks like the tarts that you get at Le Madeleine. Now you've made me hungry:) Great job, once again love seeing the process.

Paintings by Patricia said...

Stunning piece of work. This looks so delicious, hope you enjoyed it.

jen said...

Ah-Mazing. I'm impressed by not only your skill but your speed as well; you seem to paint these so fast!

Jesus Estevez said...

very good Jonathan, very good

Artist Pamela Hunt Lee said...

Very nice Jonathan. Especially like the way you captured the crust.

SEILER said...

Amazing, really nice man!

Judy P. said...

Wow Jonathan, this is so impressive! You have a good eye; the tart you picked has a really good geometric structure, with that interesting rectangle in there. I try to learn from your demos, but you are able to right away get the modeling down- I'm always correcting and getting confused. Also you don't seem to need the background until the end- maybe that's because you are so familiar with your studio lighting. Anyway, it's a beaut!

Christiane Kingsley said...

Jonathan, I can see how disciplined you had to be not to eat this fruit tart before you had finished painting it:-) You achieved great reflections on the fruit. Beautiful!

padmaja said...

I am here for the first time and I am enjoying thoroughly what I am seeing! Absolutely delicious and beautiful art Jonathan!