"Trail of Berries"
7 x 5 in
Oil on Canvas Panel
Hi everyone, this painting was so much fun to do. I wanted to have an interesting composition with these berries and I think I've achieved it with this painting. I kept the background white to enhance the limited colors used. The more I paint these berries the more I can see how intricate they are within, from their colors to their shapes.
I started with the usual dry brush approach for the drawing stage, using just a bit of raw umber on the brush. Then I added the local colors to all the berries, I used cad. red light, and ivory black.
Then I went into the raspberries and added the darker to middle values, I used raw umber and ivory black. Then when the form is starting to turn I then applied the lighter values using just titanium white. As you can see I'm working on all the berries at once, this is just to get a general feel of the light source. I'm essentially doing a gestural sketch with the paints, then when everything is looking just right I start taking each section to a finish. Of course at times I will have to revisit certain sections to adjust the value or chroma, but those are minor changes.
At this time I started taking each section to a finish, starting with the raspberry and black berry. Since I have all my information stated I just have to sculpt it into what I want it to look like, of course staying true to the subject matter. Then I start on the upper half of the berries and do the same take them to a finish.
I then go back into the cast shadows and add a bit of titanium white to soften the edges. Doing this allows me to push certain berries further back to have more of a focus in the foreground. As you may have noticed I didn't add anything to the background, its just the white of the canvas. It was neat just leaving it like that and working around it. I don't think I've ever done that before with these alla prima paintings. I hope you enjoyed this one as much as I did, thanks for stopping by and viewing!