Monday, March 25, 2013

Tomato with new paint

Hi and hello,
Ah, Spring. Trees bursting, the roses bushes already have a bloom or two. Planted the garden and now to wait in anticipation for the first tomato of the season. Yum.
A few weeks ago Graphaids had their annual 40% sale and I had to get over to pick up what never really goes on sale, namely oil paint. Yeah, it goes on sale, but I mean on sale. The good stuff. So I arrived after the huge crowds had descended and left, leaving the place quite picked over and a fellow painter and I start to talk. Next thing I know I'm buying Williamsburg Turkey Umber and Italian Yellow Ochre. I had no intention of buying these colors when I went in, but he proclaimed their virtues and I succumbed. Like shopping when you're hungry. Ok, he was right. They are most interesting. And then also I bought what I intended, Cerulean Blue and Alizarin Crimson. For these last two I opted for Sennelier.  So, like any time you buy something new (earrings, shoes) you have to try them on for size, right? What if they're just not you? So I grabbed some of the paper canvas I had already prepped, taped off the edges, got my pallet in place, squeezed out a dollop of Turkey Umber (OK, nice), squeezed out a dollop of Italian Yellow Ochre (OK, nice), opened the tube of Sennelier Cerulean Blue and SPLOOSH! About two tablespoons of just oil - no pigment - all over the Umber and Ochre. Wow. I promptly went online to wetcanvas.com and got the answer in a snap. Sennelier is made with safflower oil and separates. The word on the street is, "Store them upside down. Should be OK for the long run." Who knew? They did. Now I do and you do too.

On paper canvas (thank you Azra!)  about 7x9
Cheers all! Gods blessings!
Karen

9 comments:

  1. Thank you for the tip...sometimes you actually do learn from others errors :-)) My first thought when I saw your tomato was ' is that a painting ? '...It looks so real ! Nice , fresh , mature and tempting !

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    1. Thank you Jane! That's so sweet of you.

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  2. Wonderful tomato!!! asbolutely wonderful! and thank you for the tip. i've taken to squeezing over the pail to loose that oil top, now i will store everything upside down!

    and thank you so very much for your very kind and generous comments on morning walk! very much appreciated!

    happy creating!

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    2. Thank you Suzanne. I'm always happy when creating! And the revamped "Morning Walk" is fabulous! I want to learn tips from you, really and truly! (I meant to say"want" ha!
      Hugs to you and the little guys!

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  3. Wow, beautiful painting Karen, that tomato looks amazing!

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  4. I thought it was a picture of a tomato too. Love it. You are so lucky to have spring like weather. My plants for the vegetable garden won't arrive until May.

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  5. Love the colours and the fresh dewy look of this tomato!!

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