Tuesday, April 5, 2011

"Mini Fruit Tart"

"Mini Fruit Tart"
6 x 6 in 
Oil on Canvas Panel
I wanted to paint these guys in an overhead view, I was going to paint it in the usual front angle composition but I wanted something different with this one.  It's always fun to experiment with different angles to see what works best for you'r painting.  The textures are another reason why I painted it at this angle, the wet and smooth feel of the blueberries and strawberries are just delicious to paint.  Needless to say I couldn't wait to be done so I can indulge in this delicious treat.
I started with the usual dry brush approach using no mediums just a bit of raw umber on the brush for the drawing stage.  When the drawing stage is complete I started on the black raspberries, first getting the overall values stated.  This is also called big form modeling seeing how light wraps around the form.
Then I add the lighter values to bring the raspberries to a finish and tie it in with the darker to middle values.
Once the black raspberries are done I start on the blueberries and do the same as I did with the black raspberries.  I start on the fall of light and get the general statement of values.  Then I add lighter values and tie them in with the middle to darker values.
Once the blueberries are complete I started on the strawberry.  I paint the main color notes and get the main value shift of that section.  I keep the paints thin in this section and keep the edges soft, I've also started to add some of the reflected lights on the strawberry.
Then I add details to the strawberry and take it to a finish, the details work within the larger values and chroma's that where stated in the bigger form modeling stage.  Once the strawberry is complete I start on tart itself.
To take the painting to a finish I painted the background and cast shadow, I used titanium white, cerulean blue, naples yellow, and raw umber.  This painting was a lot of fun to paint and even more enjoyable to eat afterwards.  Thanks for stopping by and viewing!


sherryscarvings said...

I so love they way you showed each step. It is so helpful to set work of art done like this. Awesome job! thanks for sharing it.

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Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

I really enjoy stopping by to see what you're working on. Beautiful & yummy!