An ample sufficiency of tomatoes

Coming in from hanging out the washing I saw this wonderful display of tomatoes laid out to ripen.  They really caught my eye and I noticed with what care they had been arranged.  My next project I thought!

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

I have just recently worked on tomatoes with Ann Swan so I thought I would like to have another go, and this would allow me to practice tomatoes at all stages of ripening.

I already knew what colours to use so I was able to get started quickly, was not bothered too much about composition as I was happy just to work with the tomatoes in a grid formation.

Green Tomato

Green Tomato

I trialled a green and a red tomato using the underpainting technique I learned and using the transparent Pro Marker to dissolve the colour into the paper.  This meant that the base colour application is much quicker, I tried underpainting the green tomato in green Pro Marker but the colour was too dark.

Red Tomato

Red Tomato

Happy with both my trials I cobbled together a light box with a sheet of glass, a cardboard box and a desk lamp and traced onto good paper; then I had a happy afternoon putting on the base colour underpainting, now all I have to do is colour all those babies in!  I suspect I won’t be as fond of tomatoes when I am finished!

Tomatoes with underpainting completed

Tomatoes with underpainting completed

 

 

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3 thoughts on “An ample sufficiency of tomatoes

  1. pelchaktsel

    I just love the careful colour-grading in the photo of the tomatoes, Sue. You will have to work fast else they will all be almost red. And the simplicity of the ‘underpainting’ is rather lovely I think – a suggestion of what lies there. I would like to see the individual tomato pics have something that relates the subject to its’ background/setting, even a shadow.

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  2. occasionalartist

    Wow, these look great, like your new under painting technique, sounds like your course was worthwhile. I had to smile when I saw your post as I have just bought my first tomato plants for our season, I hope my harvest is as good. I went for a rainbow of colours with red, yellow and black tomatoes. Karen

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