1. Paintings of apples and grapes are already in my portfolio, but depicting man-made foods like cheese and bread was new to me and quite fun. An accurate drawing laid down the shapes for each part of the picture. In my paintings, establishing the shadowed side of the objects first works very well for me. I get a good sense of their position in space and how they are affected by the light.
2. The loaf of bread and the tablecloth were my favorite pieces to paint. The bread required close observation of colors and values of the various shapes that make up the loaf.
The blue-gray shadows on the fabric are the foundation that tells the viewer the position of the folds and creases, and from which direction the light is coming.
The stripes MUST follow the irregular contours of the fabric for the folds to be believable.
Picnic In Prosser - watercolor demonstration
With the Horse Heaven Hills and the Yakima River for a backdrop, this lovely picnic in the town of Prosser looks good enough to eat. Growing grapes and making wine is BIG business in Washington state, and Prosser is dubbed the Birthplace of the Washington Wine Industry.
4. Blue stripes in the fabric are laid down next to the red, and must follow the same contours.
The bright, nearly white reflections on the apples show that they have been polished to a sheen.
3. The deep shadows under each object make them "sit" on the cloth, giving them weight so they don't appear to float above the cloth.
Curved glass bends light rays, so the stripes on the fabric appear distorted through the wine glasses and the bottle.
Picnic In Prosser
1.5" dark brown frame, 2" ivory mat with brown liner
Picnic In Prosser
5. The soft green and blue background gives the painting a sense of wide open space surrounding an intimate setting.
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