Saturday, December 02, 2006

Persimmons and Chestnuts


Persimmons and Chestnuts
Originally uploaded by linfrye.
The family of one of my students owns a persimmon farm -- and this last week, he has graciously blessed me with a dozen of these delicious fruits. This weekend, I have a lot of persimmon cooking to do -- bread, cake, jam -- and I can't wait to get going!

My family ALWAYS had persimmons and chestnuts on the Thanksgiving and Christmas table ... and I know my sisters would be green with envy to have a taste of these sweet orbs.

This painting was done wet-in-wet -- 2 washes -- and I find myself overworking the washes so that as I attempt to darken the colors and values, I loose the crisp, washy look I achieved with the first wash. My goal this weekend is to figure out how to worth through this issue! I like these persimmons better in the scan than on the paper!

5 comments:

Lorraine said...

Hmm, I think that fruit is very hard to draw and paint and you've done a good job of capturing it. I also like the chestnuts and the background. I admire your perseverance; I just don't have your patience.
Hugs,
Lorraine

Anonymous said...

Lin,
I think your persimmons look "ripe and ready." As far as layering of pigments, I'm NO expert, but it seems that layering wouldn't work well with wet-in-wet. Hopefully someone who knows more than I can add to this thought. You might be attempting an impossible, or at the least difficult, mix of techniques.

Teri C said...

Oh so neat Lin! Love the combination. I'm also thinking wet-in-wet would not work too well. Maybe use more color the first time would get the darkness.

Anonymous said...

Lin -- wet on wet is okay, then let dry and do later layers. These really look wonderful, though, and I'm envious of you having such ready access to so many persimmons!
:-)

wagonized said...

I like the reflections and the volume that you've managed to convey on these!