"Lady Finger Bananas"
8 x 10 in
Oil on Canvas Panel
This is the second version of baby bananas painting, a friend of mine told me there actual name is "Lady Finger Bananas". This composition was interesting in many ways, to paint these fruits in a view where there not so noticeable made it fun. I like doing that at times deconstructing the subject matter by changing the composition with a unique look. The subtle values of yellows to greens became a bit of a challenge to paint with such subdued tones, a great challenge overall to a delicious and beautiful fruit.
I started with the usual dry brush approach using raw umber and no mediums for the drawing stage. After the drawing is complete I started with the medium values not painting the darkest and lightest values. The colors I used where cad. yellow pale hue, viridian, and raw umber. The reason I did not state any darker values such as ivory black or lighter values with titanium white, is because I wanted to work out the middle values which can be the most complicated values to get overall.
Then I stated the darker values including the wooden base. Then I added the middle values and filled in the background.
I then stated the overall value patterns for the base. after that I stated the lighter values and took it to a finish.
Then I went back into the bananas and added the finishing details. I also wanted to mention when finishing this painting I was aware of the edges all around the bananas, blurring some areas to push back and sharpening others to have more of a focus. Edges as I've mentioned before are vital in a painting, they can do so much for your painting always pay close attention to them. Thanks for stopping by I hope you enjoyed this one!