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Put the vegetables back in the refrigerator…except for the onion

Summers Bounty; 8 x 8 in., Oil on Canvas, Original Artwork, Unframed

Learn more about this Original Painting @ ABOUT: ‘Summer’s Bounty’ represents mid summer at its finest. Completed from life in my studio from vegetables from my own garden. This painting is better visually in person than on camera secondary to the all the subtle touches. This painting would work well with any color frame. DIMENSIONS: 8 in. x 8 in. (standard size for easy/affordable framing) MATERIALS: Painted in professional oil paints on a cotton canvas, stretched on a wooden stretcher frame, canvas has been gessoed with three coats to maintain cotton integrity, paint was mixed with my own personal concentration of oil mediums to give paint strength and adds to protection for years to come (give a nice soft varnish look when dry). Painting comes unframed, but size is standard so will be affordable. (C) Burge Mountain Artworks, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


Well, after two back to back nights of working on a painting, it appears that the second attempt is an improvement, but I am no where satisfied with the outcome. I am learning that underpainting is important but I am not getting the ‘pop’ I was going for. Here you will see two examples of the same vegetables, but different compositions and layouts. The first painting (take 1) was done with a blue underpainting. Given that I used oil, painting yellow squash on top of a blue underpainting makes GREEN! So I scraped it off multiple times (cussing myself that I didn’t know this before hand) to get it to even look like something realistic. So lesson learned = don’t use an underpainting color that makes a color of the main objects (zucchini). It just won’t work. Anyways, after playing around with it I walked away for the night.

Zuchinni and Baby Squash take background.logohistogram
Zucchini and Baby Squash (take 1); 8 x 8, Oil on Canvas – Available
Onion still life
Our subject matter for this post.
Onion Sketch.2017
Sketching out the Onion and Squash with Burnt Senna

Taking the lessons that I learned from the first painting (take 1), I tacked the same concept again but with a darker under-painting color (burnt umber). Overall, the Spanish onion suffered death on this one. The squash came off nicely though (is this the star of the show?). The zucchini was a bad option to add to the scene but too late. I will keep it simpler next time. Anyways, I am opening the door to more questions with each painting that I have to answer for myself that I didn’t know I really needed. This should be part of growth anyways, right? Enjoy these two paintings for now, until next time. I think I may paint my pups next…stay tuned.

Onion squash and zucchini.2017.1.logohistogram
Summer’s Bounty (take 2); 8 x 8; Oil on Canvas – Available

1 comment on “Put the vegetables back in the refrigerator…except for the onion

  1. Pingback: Creating a Better Tomorrow…I mean tomato! – Burge Mountain Artworks by Tim Allen Ellmers

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