Friday, September 17, 2010


8 x 10 in
Oil on Canvas Panel
Hi everyone I decided to go back to some fruit paintings after painting so many delicious desserts, I kind of had to due to my waist size expanding.  I don't know how long I can keep from not going back to the pastry isle and picking up more things to paint and eat but I will try.  
I also wanted to thank everyone who signed up for my first online lesson.  There is still time to sign up just email me if your interested or leave a comment and I will put you on the list.  I will be offering online courses on how to paint these alla prima studies in one session.  We will go step by step in each lesson and make sure you understand my process on each level.  I will offer a critique through out the whole process till the end result.  There is a discounted price since this is my first lesson I will be offering online, it will be $50 for the first lesson.  The first lesson entails of the whole process of the painting, my video demo that I will send to each student explaining my process in thorough, critiques through out the painting, and one on one help at any time to help the student via email.  I'm really excited to offer this course to everyone and develop it further, thanks again!
I started with no mediums just a dry brush approach with a little of raw umber on the brush.  Then I started on the darkest values of the red pear, I used ivory black, ultramarine blue, cad. red, and cad. red light.  In this stage I'm just concentrating on taking everything to a close finish and also modeling the darks to turn.
Then I add the middle and lighter values, I'm just worried about turning the form not so much adding the smaller forms or details just yet.  I'm using cad. red, cad. red light, titanium white, and ultramarine blue.
Then I add the stem when I've taken the pear to a finish, I used ivory black, burnt sienna, yellow ochre, cad. orange, and titanium white.  I then start on the second pear using cad. yellow, naples yellow, yellow ochre, titanium white, raw umber, cad. orange, and ultramarine blue.  At this stage I'm just stating the local colors and turning the big form.
After the bigger form was turning I went back into the darker value section of the pear and took it to a finish.  I also went to the lighter value section of the pear after the darker section was completed and took that area to a finish as well.
Then I added the stem to the pear using the same mixture as I did with the previous pear.  After completing both pears I started on the wooden base and I apologize for not taking photos show step by step on how I painted the base.  I got into the zone and completely forgot to take photos of that section.  Essentially I approached it the same way as I did with the pears, going from the darkest values and working to my lightest values.  After those two are working I added the details afterwords to tie in the whole base together, I used ivory black, burnt sienna, cad. orange, cerulean blue, and titanium white.
Then I added the background when I was done with the base, I used cerulean blue, naples yellow, and titanium white.  This was a good change than painting all those delicious desserts, these fruits are healthier to eat afterwards ;)  Thanks for stopping by and viewing, I hope you enjoyed this one!


Judy P. said...

Another fine painting, Jonathan; I'm really looking forward to our painting session- I promise to be a good student!

Artist Pamela Hunt Lee said...

Love these tipsy pears. Great movement and anticipation to the composition. And so admire the way you capture the smoothness of the skin.

cristinaf said...

HI!You do such a nice painting! I like the smoothness of the skin, that is so real!