Here is the last (I think and hope) of the pomegranates. It felt like I had too much white in the shadow areas of 196 so I toned that down and gave it move Alizarin and Cobalt Blue in those deep areas. It helps too that this canvas is a little larger.
This is the last of this first group and I think I like it best. I used a base of Burnt Umber and it was at about 50% opacity so the base was relatively dark. I just like being able to let the raw/toned canvas show through instead of using a color to lighten it.
I did most of this in one sitting. These more complicated ones are like walking a tightrope. You’ve got glass, fruit, petals, stems, background – lots of moving parts here. I was just hoping that it would be a cohesive image and overall I was pretty happy.
This is the last of the pomegranates for the year. They were fun to paint but I’ve got to keep moving.
I had been really hyper-focused on the composition and precision with 81 & 82 that when I sat down to do this one I wanted to just paint. No drawing on the canvas, no underpainting, no sketching. So I started and it came to life pretty fast. I feel good about this one and it’s probably the closest I can get to what’s in my head for these. It’s nice that it happened on this one too because it’s a (relatively) big, 16″ x 8″ stretched canvas.
It’s paintings like this that make me think this year has been worth it. Going back and looking at No. 1 there is just a real difference. There is no way possible I could have sat down in January and done something like this. It’s like being on a diet for 11 months and finally realizing you’ve lost weight.
I was also really excited about the butterfly on the vase. If you try to paint a butterfly it would look 100%, totally awful. I’ve learned this. So I took a deep breath and just put down the little blobs and blips. I was praying it would work because I was so happy with the pomegranates and am glad it did.
I felt a little more at ease with this one but it was still disorienting to try and actually paint what I was looking at. There are hundreds of planes on the pomegranates and you have to leave things out in order to not make it look like a mess.