Heirloom Tomato #10, 8 x 8 inches

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Heirloom Tomato #10

 Heirloom Tomato #10

This is another view of an heirloom tomato from my garden.

When painting tomatoes I am always drawn in by the geometric shapes of the stems and how the color of the flesh is not a uniform red. To me, painting a dark local value object, like a red tomato, can be a fun experiment in trying to express a three dimensional form convincingly.  I cannot go too light in color or else I will end up with a pink tomato, or if I hold too much to the dark red of the flesh, my red tomato will look particularly flat.

Its a fine line between each value shift, and when painting tomatoes, it is important to really pay attention to those subtle shifts in value. So when painting, I slow down and really try to pay attention to what is in front of me, which in turn really makes me appreciate the moment.

Persimmons - framed

{8″ x 8″ (20.3 x 20.3 cm) – oil on linen panel} {14″ x 14″ (35.6 x 35.6 cm) with frame}