Monday, January 10, 2011

"Row of Cherries"

"Row of Cherries"
5 x 7 in
Oil on Canvas Panel
Hi everyone this is the another cherry painting I've done, with each of these paintings I do I find a new way to paint them.  What I did with these especially was to not apply too much paint that I did not need. I was able to apply the correct colors in the right areas and treat them like a gesture drawing.  Going with the flow of movement from one stroke to the other, when you have a good overall movement I believe the painting in turn will be stronger.  Also with this approach it allows you to not overwork areas that can easily be done.  
I started with the traditional dry brush approach to the drawing stage using raw umber and no mediums.  After the drawing stage was completed I filled in the background using cerulean blue, naples yellow, and titanium white.
I then started on the first cherry stating the middle and darker values first.  I used ivory black, raw umber, and cad. red light.  At this initial stage I like to put the right values in the correct spot and state it with gestural strokes.  From there I can easily just put the right colors in the right areas and blend where it needs to be blended and make other areas a bit more hard edged.  
Then I add the lighter values and highlights using cerulean blue, and titanium white.  I do the same approach to this stage as I did with the previous stages.  Then I start on the second cherry using the same approach with the first cherry and also the same palette.  
I repeat the same process with the third cherry from beginning to end.
And the same goes with the fourth cherry, by this time I have a pattern going stating the right colors in the right spot and from there blending areas that need to be blended.  With this approach it allows me to not overwork areas and have a fresh look to the paints.
Then I start on the wooden base using ivory black, cad. red light, and cad. orange.  
Then I added the lighter and middle values using burnt umber, cerulean blue, and titanium white.  This painting was fun to paint, I love when I'm able to just go at it with the paints all day and experiment with different approaches.  It's funny how painting has so many levels in which it can communicate itself, we have to find that right one that expresses what we're trying to say.  Thank you for stopping by and viewing, hope you enjoyed this one.  

1 comment:

bricarwaller said...

Great cherry painting! Puts me in the mood for Summer. Wonderful work as always, perfectly captured.