The main problem I had with it was my choice to under-paint the fruit area with a strong yellow. It made it nearly impossible to get the value ranges I wanted in that area. The whole painting ended up one value, and that's not my idea of good work. This is the finished piece:
|The first version, Crowning Glory, 30" tall by 41.5" wide|
This picture was taken right after I finished it; after a few days of drying time, the colors faded a bit and made the painting a bit bleh.
Since I don't have another sheet of paper that large, I am doing the next one on a full sheet of Arches, 22" x 30." Painting on white paper with no under-layer, I'm finding it easier to get the value ranges I want.
|I got so involved painting that I forgot to get photos of the beginning stages. I love to lay the colors down beside each other and watch them blend on their own and got carried away!|
The colors I am mixing for this are more vivid, although when I'm closer to the end I'll be able to see if I need to grey them down a bit.
|Beginning to add the ripe fruit colors in the upper right corner|
The value ranges are stronger since I'm laying the color down on white paper. I am already happier with this.
|Progress, so far...|
It will be exciting to see what shadows do to make the different areas pop out more. However, I have a small commission to get done in the next couple of days so this one will have to wait till next week to get finished.