Lately, I have been going to the local "farmers market" to purchase my favorite heirloom tomatoes and various organic fruits and vegetables. Now that the weather is finally cooling off here in Arizona and we are heading into fall, there are lots of wonderful veggies in season. Sometimes the fruits and veggies are so beautiful that I can hardly wait to get home to photograph them (for future painting reference) before they get eaten.
Last week I picked up some huge "pink radishes" that are called "Pink Beauties." The pink "radish" is what inspired a new painting....
Above is a photograph of the "Pink Beauty Radish" that I purchased at the "farmers market" and is also the inspiration for this new painting....
Annual Rose-pink color, round, smooth, small taproot, unique flavor, crisp white flesh, grows large but stays mild and not pithy, adds a delightful and unique color to relish trays.
Veggies from the local farmers market
This kind of radish is called the "French Breakfast Radish"
This is the beginning of the new "radish" painting. I took my favorite photograph from a series I shot of the "pink beauties" to work from. I had already prepared my canvas with a background color and allowed the oil paint to dry completely. I then chalked in my idea for the "radish" painting.
No "radish" painting would be complete without a "bunny rabbit", so I decided to have the "pink beauties" laying on top of an old wooden box with the bunny looking at them.
(Now.....I know what you are thinking...."Where is the bird going to be?") I have decided that this painting will not have a "bird." I still specialize in "birds in art" however I have had a desire lately to paint more wildlife. There are a lot of challenges in learning to paint fur and to capture a likeness of the animal. I find it is a new direction I am heading into.
|1st step - painting in the "pink beauties"|
The next step in the painting is to begin to fill in the first layer of color. The "radish" will take several layers of color to get the "pink" color right. The leaves will also take several layers of color. I allow each layer of oil paint to dry first before I glaze on the next layer of color.
Here I have added more color to the "radish" and also beginning to paint in the old wooden box and bunny.
This is the stage I am at now with this painting. I still have a long way to go but the main colors have been blocked in.
Tune in again later to see the progress of this new painting.