Sunday, May 17, 2009

"Tomato March"


When I first started doing small, produce paintings, this was the sort of thing I did pretty exclusively. I'm not sure what it is about simple, backlit objects and long shadows that do it for me, but they do. What's tough about tomatoes is they're fairly translucent and so the values within them are only subtly different from each other. That said, reds don't photograph well and so I think there is a little bit more variation in the painting than you see here.


Mahesh said...

Beautiful Paintings.. really loves all your stuffs.

Meg Temple said...

Hi Carol - I took your workshop in March in Westford. I was the one who came in late, rearranged the tables and had no light :) But I got SO much out of those 3 days it made a big impact on my painting.

This is a wonderful painting. I know what you mean about the subtle changes in the color - red peppers are like that too.


Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I don't think the simplicity of well stated shapes and values ever gets old.

Carolina said...

But still, the tomatoes transluciency can be noticed... Wonderful!

Unknown said...

Your style makes me want to use bigger brushes!

Ladysunfire said...

nice depth in the red colors. very nice!!!

Caio Fern said...

your work is realy good. one painting a day!!!?this tomatos are incredible!

Dean Grey said...


Interesting points about the translucent qualities of tomatoes.

I guess it's the cast shadows that give them the bulk of their depth.

I'll have to remember that if I ever do a tomato or similar type painting.