It's only the second day of the '30 paintings in 30 days' challenge and I've already resorted to painting a vegetable! I knew it would happen but I didn't think it would happen so quickly. I loved the chiaroscuro effect in the reference photo and it was begging me to paint it. How could I say no?
I was mentioning to my friend Ellen that deciding on a subject to paint would be the hardest part of this challenge and she suggested painting the same subject using several different mediums which I think is an incredible idea. You will be seeing this again (and maybe again) during the month. I'm especially excited to try this in oils.
This was done in pastels. I put pumice gel on a black panel which made it an uneven gray/black color. Then, I layered dark blue, dark green and brown in the background and blended it using water and it turned a nice, smooth, rich black. The under colors of the onion were handled the same way but I wanted it to have more texture so I layered additional color on top without using water to blend. The green was stumbled on the background and I added a few strokes of rust to indicate the surface on which the onion was sitting. I added the swish of the lighter color to lead the viewer's eyes back into the picture.
I work in just about every art medium I can get my hands on with my favorites being watercolor and silk painting. I love to experiment with different mediums and styles of painting. I try to paint every day and will post my paintings here as I finish them. I really appreciate any comments you may have on the paintings. You can sign up below to receive the postings automatically by e-mail. If you would like to see my artwork divided by medium, visit my website. If you would like information on purchasing one of my paintings, please send me an e-mail at email@example.com