View Full Version : Domestic Fruit WIP FINISHED!

04-02-2008, 06:12 PM
Hi :wave: ,

I have painted a still-life with fruit. A very simple one, and as some have asked me to show how I paint, I'm showing this as a WIP.

Wallis Pro, BM
size 29x39 (11.5x15.5")

The 'fasionable' setup. The awfully pink fabric is for some fun reflected light:

After doing a 'skeleton' drawing, I started to block in the shadows. The sticks is on the left:

And then we light the lights:

So far, I've simply established lights and darks, never using 'local colour'. (I want to buy a stick of local colour, please. :D )

Now I start to make the colours 'right', keeping them flat:

More below. Please don't post yet.

04-02-2008, 06:26 PM
... continued

The "tablecloth" is a peachy yellow, so if I want to start it with a cool colour for the shadow, I could have gone either greenish (which is rather logical), or, magenta-ish. I chose the latter, as I wanted to use the red component of the peachy yellow to echo the red apple.

Here is a closeup of the sticks I used, and in the order I used them. I fist did a long strip of the magenta, and then added layers, from top down of that strip. Well, I actually did it in the painting, but I wanted to show what happens when complements and near complements are scumbled and layered. Imagine what'd happend if I'd blended... :eek:


Working more on making colour 'right', putting some of all in the background, to unify and to tone down the intensity of the blues:


I notice that (oops) the cut up pear is way too light, it will steal the attention, so I brush it out:


And redo it, a bit darker and duller:


After a bit of more 'getting colour right', I stop that part of the process, as this is pastel and I can't layer endlessly (as with oils). I want to keep some tooth for the next two stages (next part below, I'm not done yet!). Colour is still flat:


Getting colour right involves adding whatever is neccessary. Cools, warms, anything on top of anything.


04-02-2008, 06:31 PM
very informative ... and colourful !! ... thx charlie !!

04-02-2008, 06:42 PM
... continued.

Now the fun part comes -- creating volume.

After a break I return to my studio, accidentally bump into the table, and the balance of the fruits are upset and they fall. Catastrophy! :crying: No, it is fixable, as I took a photo of the setup as I see it when I paint, so after some considerable fiddling, comparing, adjusting, and using kneadable eraser to *glue* the stuff in place, I can resume painting. Not perfect, but good enough.

Going over it all, rounding out things. Also laying table flat, and some difference to left and right in background (and top and bottom too):


And then the details, small fixes, almost done:


Taking a good look at it, I discover that the plate-thingy *floats*, so I smudge the foot of it to make it grounded. Works so-so...

Also, the red apple looks like it is pasted on top of the painting. Grab some darks and try to integrate it with the pear, yes, that works OK. Added a tiny strip of pink on the lighted side. No, doesn't work, but now I'm done for today, so I'll fix that another day. So here is how it looks now:


Actually, I don't know how to fix it. I'm not happy with the red apple at all, so I may brush it out and re-do it.

Oh, I'd be happy to get C&C and advice on the whole process. I'm so still learning to push dust around. :)

Thank you for following me in this process.


04-02-2008, 06:53 PM
Charlie I think that you need a bit stronger shadow cast on the pear from the apple and just a bit sharper edge where the red apple green apple interect.

Very nice...I love to watch the process as always.

04-02-2008, 07:33 PM
I'm grateful for the wip. I've done very few still lives so will put it in favs to refer to. ... It looks good to me. Thanks for letting us 'watch'!

04-02-2008, 08:31 PM
wow ... you got lovely forms there now ... it's wonderful ... as for the pedestal of the fruit plate, you could ground it even further by adding a thin darker shadow of the pedestal itself to the table surface ... just a thin one ... but even as it is, it's lovely !!

04-03-2008, 02:53 AM
I like your breathtaking colours. Wonderful. The composition is as well as very good. The next to last picture is the best, for me.

04-03-2008, 10:41 AM
Great fun to watch how you did it...always fun to watch someone's painting emerge. I love the colors....yes, maybe some stronger contrast....but as I am seeing in my own just posted...it is likely they are really there and not showing up here.
Overall a very nice little still life! Thanks for sharing!


04-03-2008, 07:57 PM

Interesting to see the steps and a very nice still life. Wonderful colors and sense of light, as usual!


04-03-2008, 09:10 PM
nice work Charlie. Sometimes letting it rest and coming back later helps as you have a chance to rest you eyes and get a fresh view. Your work is very good I'm sure you will get it just right.

04-04-2008, 04:00 PM
Hello again,

Thank you so much for the comments! Sandy, you're so right, contrast has a tendency to vanish, especially the blues get way too light and luminous.

Did no painting yesterday, and today I 'tweaked' a bit. This is as much as I will do, it is finished now.

The blues... too light, too bright, too luminous, in the photo, bg actually is more gray. Greens are too poisonously green too, but if I try to balance, the reds become hysterical... well, the usual, in other words.

I toned down the foot of the metal plate, lessening detail and contrast, as it wasn't important, and added a tiny strip of extra shadow under it, thanx Violet. Then I deepened the rightmost third of the red apple, and dragged some deeper pink over its left edge. Smoothed (lost) a few edges of the pear and the green apple, signed it and am done!

And tried to get it look good in the computer. :)


A detail, real size:

Thus endeth this WIP ;)

Thank you so much, and C&C is very appreciated.

04-04-2008, 05:33 PM
Wow Charlie, you do wonderful still lifes. If I could do this I would never do a landscape again, just kidding. Lovely and wonderful colors. The fruit looks better than real fruit. People say that about photo's you know..... Donna

04-04-2008, 07:04 PM

Such wonderful vibrant colors and beautifully shaped forms with a great sense of roundness and volume. How you accomplish both seems quite beyond me. Your WIP makes it seem quite simple, but it is obviously not!

Another beautiful painting!