Saturday, October 10, 2009

Red and Green Tomatoes - SOLD

"Red and Green Tomatoes"

5"x 7" Oil on board.

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I've certainly been gone a while. Two weekends away, one catching up, many week day distractions, and just plain old procrastination have kept me out of the studio. My discipline needs a real jump start! I have been taking many photos for potential paintings and have acquired several new props for still lifes that have me excited about getting back in the swing.

One of my art friends was given this mammoth tomato at the end of the harvest and she passed it on to me, knowing that I'd love to paint it. What a beautiful specimen, especially with the small green tomato hanging on. I felt like this tomato cried to be painted more realistically than I'm now painting and returned to a tighter approach. It was so ripe that it was intensely red as shown. I was thrilled that the shrivelled leaf and small tomato were still intact. Thanks, Bonnie!


Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Luscious, ripe, red...what a beautiful ode to the end of the tomato season!
And you are right, the green tomato and shriveled leaf are spectacular!!

Diana Marshall said...

Wonderful painting of a tomato with charachter, you make a humble tomato into a work of art, literally!!

Rick Nilson said...

I saw this painting about an hour after you posted it. "WOW, spicy tomato" I said to myself. I don't know any more than this.

AutumnLeaves said...

This is beautiful! I find myself a bit awed by how nature has made this particular fruit look rather pumpkin-like with its striations. And the dichotomy of the lush red and underdeveloped green is so fasincating!

Debbie said...

I love your title, it made me look for that little green tomato hiding under the leaf. It really makes such a great contrast.. the small green one, in it's earliest stage, and the ripened fat red one at it's fullest.

Dean Grey said...


You totally got the slightly glossy, waxy finish tomatoes have in this painting.

Extremely well done!


Kerri Settle said...

Wow, that is a beautiful tomato and you captured it well.

Edward Burton said...

Excellent job, Marilyn!