8 x 10 Oil on Panel
Although The Observer exhibit was my priority, I have continued to paint with Lin on Monday afternoons. The weather has been so nice we were even able to paint on her porch last week.
However, I didn't start anything new. I reworked older paintings, including this one from 2008 -- it used to be called "Tomato and Corkscrew". "Unusual Friends" is a better title, I think.
The first change I made was to paint a shelf for the subjects to sit on, and then I made the background more interesting by mixing greens and blues together to make it look more atmospheric. The background is now a less saturated blue, too, which makes the area recede, and helps the tomato pop.
I pumped up the highlights on the corkscrew and lightened the areas on the shelf where light would be falling --- to increase the contrast.
The biggest improvement to the painting, I like to think, is the tomato. I added more definition to it, and made it the star, when previously the corkscrew had been my focus.
AfterI am pleased with the results.
I will be dropping this painting off at West End Gallery soon. I have signed it and now the varnish is drying... and I put it in a black frame instead of gold.