Saturday, November 6, 2010

"Raspberry Cheesecake"

"Raspberry Cheesecake"
7 x 5 in
Oil on Canvas Panel
Hi everyone sorry for the long delay in posting i've been really busy lately getting ready for a show coming up in a couple of weeks, commissions and also teaching has taken some of my time.  I'm really excited with this show, I'm working on paintings I've been wanting to do for a while and can't wait to show you guys when they're ready.  
I decided to paint this delicious raspberry cheesecake, it was really hard not diving into this creamy dessert while painting it.  I wanted to challenge myself with the complexities of textures this dessert brings, its subtle but very complex to paint in one sitting.  
I started with a dry brush approach using no mediums and just a bit of raw umber on the brush.  Then I covered the background after the drawing was established, I used cerulean blue, naples yellow, and titanium white.
Then I started with raspberry starting the darker values and moving towards the middle and ended up putting the lighter values.  I used ivory black, cobalt, cad. red light, and titanium white.  
Then for the cream I used titanium white and ivory black.  Again starting the middle to darker values and moving towards the lights.
Then I started on the glaze after the cream was completed using cad. red light, ivory black, cerulean blue, and titanium white.  It was a bit difficult getting the glaze to look like a glaze, I had to be very subtle between each value.
Then I started on the cheesecake going from darker values to lighter ones using the same mixture as I used for the glaze.
 Then for the bottom part of the cheesecake I used raw umber, ivory black, yellow ochre, and titanium white.  Then I started stating the darker values of the base using ivory black, and yellow ochre.
Then I added the lighter values of the base using yellow ochre, cerulean blue, and titanium white.  I really enjoyed playing with different textures, its always fun to see how far you can get pushed artistically.  Thanks for stopping by and viewing my dessert alla prima painting!


Jeanette said...

Good luck with the upcoming exhibition. I'm looking forward to seeing what you've produced for it.

I hope this dessert tasted as good as you've made it look. Beautiful painting as always.


Back to the sweets - always my favorite, which you handle so very well Jonathan.
Good luck with your shows!

bricarwaller said...

Jonathan, what a great job you did on the raspberry topping, you nailed it! All of your textures came out perfectly:) Good luck on your show prep.

Judy P. said...

Best wishes for your show- love the sculptural quality of this dessert, and that clear drip of strawberry glaze in the center is subtly amazing!