6x6 inches, acrylic on paper
Summer tomatoes are the stuff of dreams only these days, which could be part of the reason I decided to do another online challenge. I painted this bowl of vine-ripened tomatoes for Paint and Draw Together. Apart from the summery subject matter, I liked the dramatic lighting of the original photograph. My favorite part of my interpretation is the color and modeling on the tomatoes; my least favorite part is the hard edges between the tomatoes and the dark background, and the foliage on the right. The leaves disappear into the shadows, but I had trouble with the transition from light to dark. Still, I like my painting, which looks more appealing in person than this scan shows.
One of the things I like best about occasionally painting for an online challenge is the opportunity it affords to see how other artists approach the source photo. I'm looking forward to studying some of the other resulting paintings.
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