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10-22-2014, 04:03 PM
This is an 8" x 10" acrylic on watercolor paper. I did a fairly detailed pencil sketch underneath but I'm not sure how much it helped. Especially on the red-that dark pencil was too dark and I had to get it covered before I could start to get the colors. Always something more to learn. Photo from Paint my Photo.
Comments and critiques are always welcome.

10-22-2014, 04:10 PM
Beautiful work that's about as good as it gets.

10-22-2014, 05:44 PM
Beautiful work. Bravo.

10-22-2014, 06:19 PM
Delightful painting, full of light and life!

10-23-2014, 12:32 AM
Wow! Life size on my laptop screen. Great detail on metallic surfaces.

10-23-2014, 02:48 AM

Margaret 59
10-23-2014, 03:45 AM
So well done Barb and I mean all of it!

10-23-2014, 09:33 AM
Very lovely. I love how the strainer came out.

10-23-2014, 10:36 AM
Barb: this is so well painted. Everything works. Lovely.

10-23-2014, 10:38 AM
Barb this is really beautiful! :clap:

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10-23-2014, 03:28 PM
Barb, this is beautiful! :)

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10-23-2014, 10:52 PM
Denver, Howard, Judy, Jim, Wassie, Margaret, Tammy, Derek, Colin, Gayle, Michelle, Susan, Cindy. Thanks everyone - I'm flattered by all your nice comments! Very much appreciated!

chammi kaiser
10-24-2014, 05:30 AM
Barb, terrific work on the metal. It just glows. Lovely painting.

10-24-2014, 01:49 PM
Perfect, the colander is just awesome.

10-24-2014, 08:13 PM
Lovely work - visually captivating!

10-26-2014, 07:29 PM
Chammi, Eric & Coralie - Thanks so much for the encouraging comments. Very much appreciated.

Charlie's Mum
10-27-2014, 01:19 PM
Really nice! You've handled the metal particularly well, but also the fruit and the lighting.

10-27-2014, 04:00 PM
You did a marvelous job with this photo of mine Babs, I love that you kept the original colour of the background. Great work!

10-27-2014, 07:39 PM
Thanks so much Maureen! Very much appreciated.
Lillian - kind of exciting to actually talk to the person who took that lovely photo. I thought about how hard it would be to get that background shading in acrylic but it was just too nice to try to change. Thanks for the comments and the photo! Now I'll have to look at all your other things.

10-27-2014, 10:01 PM
Wow!! That's certainly something to aspire to! For us newbies, could you give us some idea of how you achieved this work of art? For instance, what type of paint did you use (such as the colors for that amazing colander), and anything else that might explain how you it all came together. :)

10-29-2014, 12:40 PM
Thank you TeaTrekkie - I'm very flattered. I'm still very much just experimenting myself. For instance on this one I did a fairly detailed pencil sketch to start and it was helpful on the colander by just lightly painting over it enough to let the pencil show threw at least to start and than building up more color but on the strawberries my pencil was way too dark and I had to paint several coats over them and lose most all my drawing. I first sprayed the pencil with Krylon Matt Finish to seal it and used Golden Heavy Body acrylics over it on watercolor paper. I also still need to try something to keep the acrylics from drying so fast. I think it would have made shading the background much easier. Colors in the colander were Titan Buff, Naphthol Red Light and Hansa Yellow and maybe a touch of Phthalo Green, Quinacridone magenta and Phthalo Blue to make purple. A little green added to that to make black I think. Sometimes I'm not sure - I have mixtures I mix with other mixtures of just what happens to be on the pallet until it looks right and who knows what it is. I think all my other colors were in there somewhere which would add Anthraquinone Blue and Burnt Sienna. It's still hard to see colors sometimes. My brain wants to tell me strawberries are red - maybe light and dark red but red. Actually ended up with more pink, orange, yellow, purple, and burgundy than actual red. Hope that helps. It's kind of hard to even remember for sure. Thanks again.

10-30-2014, 09:58 PM
Excellent work, Barb! I love how you painted the shiny bowl so well, it looks real!