Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Summer Tomatoes Day 1

Summer Tomatoes
6" x 6"
Oil on Gessoboard

Day 1 of Thirty Paintings in 30 Days.  
This is a challenge from one of my favorite artists, Leslie Saeta.
My challenge is titled "My Favorite Things".  Of course my real challenge is to become a daily painter. The idea is to become disciplined, but have fun at the same time.  And not get too stressed. Because there are really no rules, and we had planned to be gone for the Labor Day weekend, I had painted this ahead of time. 

'Summer Tomatoes' is the first in a series of tomato paintings. Summers in Georgia bring wonderful, fat, juicy tomatoes. Their plump, fat cheeks make mine do the same thing with a big smile.  Tomato sandwiches, tomatoes and cucumbers, or just slice tomatoes along side any meal. Delicious! The best of any season can be bought at Thompson's market in McDonough.  

The colors are exquisite and the nice rounded shapes reflect a great light.  I had fun pairing the reds and oranges against the Phthalo Green. My intent is to paint in a very loose style.  The freedom of the pallet knife on gesso board gives just the right combination.  How fun!  Let me know how you like the paintings.  Hope you come back often to see them!

1 comment:

  1. Elaine, these are awesome tomatoes, and my mouth is watering at your description! Becoming a daily painter is the best thing I've done for my painting progress, and stopping it was a big detriment. I hope it works for you! Do you ever go to the Dekalb Farmer's Market? Yummmmm!