Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Raspberry Jumble, glass plate, summer fruit, red

" Raspberry Jumble "
Oil
6"x6"
My first intention was to have the berries very large on the picture plane. But, I love this old clear glass plate and got carried away wanting to show more of it. Now the painting is more about the dark/light contrast of berries against the white napkin and the strong diagonal line of cloth and table top. Second time I've painted raspberries. What I've learned is that it takes patience to keep layering the various reds and a very light touch with sable brushes to lay wet over wet. And lastly, going back and redefining the edges of each berry. I wasn't nit-picky about each berry's little bumps, just a suggestion of them...not enough room or patience to do that. A scientific illustrator I'm not.
SOLD

8 comments:

Katie May said...

Ugh raspberries give me such a headache! Yours are great! And as always your glass i perfect too!
Thanks Jennifer on the comment. Actually the lady decided she didn't want it! Oh well! So much for my first commission.
I told my little one last night that she shouldn't grow up, and she said "but mommy I have to or you will have me forever"....Wouldn' t that be lovely, if we could keep them this way forever! :-)

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Katie May. One thing that helps get over the "overwhelming feeling" of not painting something that is complex, like raspberries is to break it down into steps or maybe one berry at a time approach. Less intimidating then.

E. Floyd said...

Your raspberries are great! Your explaination of patience and a light touch with a sable brush was very helpful, and I perfer your style to a scientific correct version!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Luscious! and patience is what it takes. Some of my more recent attempts are directly influenced by your paintings. I realize that if I slow down and look, I can find the right shapes. Your work is beautiful!

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Mary. I feel honored that my work might influence other artists. What I teach or say isn't original to me, just what I have learned and passed on. I've mentioned before that one book that really taught me to see color is by Arthur Stern. His teachings based on Monet, Charles Hawthorne among others. "How to See Color and Paint It". My own workshops are based on this book, using the little piece of gray cardboard with a hole punched in the middle, used to isolate the color you want to mix.

Jennifer Bellinger said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Elizabeth. I also use Liquin as a medium. Usually by the time I'm ready to add the final touches, the underpainting colors are somewhat dry and that helps lay on more color.

Marsha Robinett said...

This is beautiful. Can't eat raspberries anymore...these make my mouth water. Lovely indeed.