It’s that time again – Virtual Sketch Date time! I had an awesome time with last month’s challenge, so here we are again. This month’s reference photo was provided by Jeanette Jobson. The image was huge and full of detailm which makes it so much easier to paint. Thank you, Jeanette!
I don’t recall painting peeled citrus before. When I saw the reference, thoughts of Carol Marine’s drool-worthy citrus paintings immediately came to mind. I love the way she depicts the light shining through citrus. While I can’t come close to painting as well as she does, I chose to make the translucency of the fruit my top priority.
Here are some photos I took along the way:
The canvas was toned with loosely applied acrylics in pthalo blue, burnt umber, and naphthol red. Warm colors in the foreground, cool colors in the background. After the background was dry, I switched to oils to paint the orange.
I’ve never painted an unpeeled orange before, so I was tentative in applying the paint, trying to discover the “right” color mixes as I went along.
It didn’t take long to get to this point – maybe twenty minutes?
Added some “stringy thingies” and adjusted the color on the pith a bit.
I was going to add some color to the surface the orange is sitting on, but on second thought, I think I’ll leave it as is.
Changed my mind about the table surface. Decided instead to paint it to match the frame I’m going to use.
A little more work on the details and edges – some sharper, some more blurred – and I’m ready to call it done!
Here it is in the frame:
This will be available on Boundless Gallery tomorrow.