Saturday, August 26, 2006

Peach Jam

Okay, my last Mason jar. The challenge with this painting was to get the design on the empty jar right. The left hand jar is a Ball jar with the Ball logo on the back and an intricate design on the front. The design is a raised circle with a cornucopia of fruit in the middle.

In the past I've had trouble with dark reds and oranges as they get muddy quickly. With the peaches I started with a light yellow wash, then a slightly darker one. Next was a reddish orange wash and then another and then a dark red. Finally I added a light indigo wash on the darker areas.

I like the color of this painting and how the dark background makes the peaches and jars jump forward. I also like the reflection on the front of the right-hand jar.