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10-04-2013, 10:06 PM
To me this is finished maybe not. I'd appreciate any feedback on how to make this better. Thank you.


10-05-2013, 02:17 AM
The white area around the garlic stem doesn't read to me.


10-05-2013, 07:16 AM
You've done a very good job on the tomatoes. What I see is a value problem.
I'm attaching a photo of some vegetables. Look how dark the shadows are and how they come up into the onions. Also look at how the white shape next to the very dark shadow on the red onion makes the eye go to that onion and not as much to the pepper.
You need to decide where you want the viewers eye to go and make the darkest dark against the lightest white. Right now it's going to the garlic. Squint and you will see how dark you need to make the areas around it.
I hope this helps.


10-05-2013, 01:55 PM
Thank you, Yorky and Jan.
Jan I appreciate your help and the demo is useful for the painting of the reference photo you show. In my case the light in my photo is different. It all depends on the light and I really have very little darks in my reference. Unless I depart from my reference and do an imaginary dark shadow.However I will try to increase the dark on my tomatoes a bit.

here it is


10-05-2013, 07:26 PM


10-06-2013, 02:29 AM
Much better :clap:


10-06-2013, 06:12 PM
thank you Yorky.

10-07-2013, 06:23 AM
Already much better.

I'm interested to know, given the title, whether the sexual imagery in the piece was intended or accidental!


10-07-2013, 12:50 PM
love is not sex.

10-07-2013, 01:07 PM
I've been looking at this thread and trying to figure out what is bothering me....I think it's that the reference is a high key lighting with no background. As soon as you add the green shading on the table, it puts it over into a darker light, and then the shadows have to be darker. You've got a good start on that, but they could go even darker. Try doing that in photoshop and I think you'll be amazed at how it pops. That means darkening the shadow on the table as well. Good exercise!

10-07-2013, 01:24 PM
Thank you Lynn.

10-22-2013, 08:09 PM
Good job,when you go for a different effect that needs to be conciderd ,in the ref image i see the white of the table bounce up on to the tomato ,some on the left near the left edge then some on the top.
When you change the color of the background this same color would bounce up on the subject ,i also agree that because of that shadows would be darker.
One thing i learnt is to let go of the photo image and i go through in my mind to see what i can improve the painting.

10-23-2013, 12:34 AM
Thank you Maria.