There is nothing better than home grown tomatoes. They are good enough to paint! I began with an acrylic paint wash of raw sienna. I used the acrylic to tone the canvas because it dries faster and gives the canvas a smoother surface. I thought the composition would have been worked out with the underpainting/toning stage, but due to the complexity of the ceramic dish I also did a pencil sketch and made measurements to make sure the image was centered and in correct proportions.
In my last painting I spoke of my struggle to "loosen" up my style. I had several tips from fellow artists and one experiment was suggested by artist Rick Nilson from N.C. His suggestion was to place a board a couple of feet away from my easel ( or arm's length) and stand behind it to paint. The object of course is to keep my nose out of the painting! A few times I ended up standing on the board, but as I got used to it, began to catch and correct myself. I did paint most of the painting this way, not until the end when a few details were necessary did I remove the board.
You can see that I did not "loosen" up significantly this time, but I think if I continue this exercise it will help. I know I had to work harder to paint the way I usually paint, so after a while I'll just give up and quit trying for so much detail. I still like this painting very much and hope you enjoy viewing it. And thanks Rick for you insightful help and suggestion.