Monday, June 16, 2008

"Unreal Tomatoes" & "Back to Back" --- SOLD



I did these 3 paintings last week. When I started the tomatoes above they looked fine. I started with the most saturated oranges and went darker. When I started in on the background suddenly the tomatoes seemed unbelievably glowy. (yes, glowy is a word) They WERE fairly lit, but perhaps not quite this much. I then moved onto this one...



...and re-learned a valuable lesson. On days when I do a large painting first, I tend to feel a bit ... spent ... for lack of a better word, and any small ones I do afterwards are generally less inspired. : ) The painting below is the one I did before these 2. It's a bit more traditional than what I generally do, but the cheese was begging to be painted from this angle, and everything else just fit into place around it. I am including 2 details pictures below it.




(detail)


(detail)

6 comments:

Jeanne Bauer said...

There is so much life and energy in that painting of the tomatoes... well done indeed. Love the colors. jb

jilly ballantyne said...

wonderfully warm and sunny, I love the angle of the cheese, just begs to have the end cut off and eaten!
great composition with the space bringing to eye to the 'action'
I said to myself I wonder where Carol has gone with no posting for a few days and decided you must have been working on a bigger piece... et voila!
I know what you mean about 'spent' after a big painting, I am feeling exactly the same way, after a canvas that is almost bigger than I am...

theresamillerwatercolors said...

These wonderful yellows and oranges reminds me of the warmth of the summer months. I needed it - It's still quite chilly here in Switzerland! I love the suisse cheese in the composition - it looks as if it's almost transparent, with the light going through it. Have a great day!

Kristy Gordon said...

Beautiful!

artnurse said...

Carol,
I love the tomato painting, and how the tomatoes are casting a shadow on the table, while being reflected by the table. Very nice nuances captured, yet fresh and lively. Awesome.

BJK_Art said...

Carol, I really enjoy this composition. Your work is a beautiful example of what my professors always called "painterly". You express so much without trying to make it look photographic. It is wonderful!