Pears #2

This is a 300x400mm whopper. I’m inspired by the picture I’m copying but really not inspired by my success as my picture unfolds. I think perhaps the problem is that I’m not familiar with the look of a half-finished work. The initial drawing looks OK. Now the black background is in place hopefully the rest will follow. 

In the following picture I am giving up already. The pink on yellow just looks stupid. How on earth can this become even “valid” let alone “correct”. 

In the next stage the Red and Yellow of the bottom right pear has disappeared under Sap Green. Partly this is because I wanted to hide the Red and Yellow! But having done it, I see it making sense. Or st least improving a lot..

Start adding more shadows. As usual, this is not what I was aiming for! Let’s just say that every hour spent is an hour closer to being able to being able to produce exactly what I’m wanting. 


Finally, I decide that this is an extreme case where I actually do not like my own painting. I wonder if it’s possible to get a great result by adding more layers. I have this feeling that a good picture looks good at every incomplete stage and it’s only a question of deciding when to stop. 

However, I have at least created something I can submit to Prisma (filter=Mononoke) and get something I would possibly frame and hang: this is the one. 

Rerunning the filter is probably a step too far:

Desperate now. But having given up and published, I’m encouraged by a blog follower to keep going. So I do. 


Just stepping back (in distance and time) allows me to look at the thing from a distance, two days later, and decide on rebalancing the colour. 

But I stilled think some post-processing could be interesting. So. Brightness-25% Ambience +25% Contrast, Warmth, Saturation +25% tuned by Google Snapseed. 


And one more time into Prisma filters

First: 33% Breakfast:


Then, 50% Gothic:

2 thoughts on “Pears #2

  1. Most paintings go through an “ugly ducking” phase when half finished. You need nerve and confidence to keep going. It’s one of the reasons I like to take in-progress photos so that maybe I’ll remember this always happens and mostly turns out fine. Usually I still freak out a bit anyway šŸ¤£ prime example that almost went in the bin at step three: https://inkflamingos.com/2016/02/24/carved-stone-doorway/

  2. Thanks so much for taking the trouble to help. Looking at your example is very helpful. You also answer a question I had asked myself about your foreground whites, which had kept me guessing! Maybe I’ll revisit the painting and see if perhaps it’s not finished – yet!

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