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Title: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 01, 2017, 01:49:29 PM

I have a wonderful collector who has commissioned me to paint 3 food paintings. She's a caterer and wants to hang these on her walls at work. This is the first one I've attempted to paint. As you can see, the ref photo was a bit bland, so I added a bit more color. Please let me know your thoughts!
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Post by: mea hamo pena on June 01, 2017, 03:54:43 PM
Totally fabulous, Sharon.  You always score a win with food paintings.

aloha

mea
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Post by: EmmaLee on June 01, 2017, 06:11:55 PM
Looks great! You made it better than the photo.
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 01, 2017, 07:13:14 PM
Thanks so much, Mea and EmmaLee!! And I do love my food paintings!! I'll send to the client and let you know what she thinks.
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 01, 2017, 07:17:09 PM
Just sent a photo to the client and she loves it! Can't believe how fast she responded!! She wants me to take it to the framer immediately vs waiting for me to paint the other 2 pictures.
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Win on June 02, 2017, 01:45:46 AM
Fabulous painting Sharon  :clap:.
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Post by: Val on June 02, 2017, 02:58:13 AM
You can't fail when you paint what you love!  ;)      :licklips:         ;D

Congratulations.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 02, 2017, 09:56:36 AM
Thanks Win and Val! And you're so right about painting what i love - it's amazing how much easier the paint flows when I do that!!
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Post by: Gita on June 02, 2017, 11:55:18 AM
Sharon, the great food painter! This is great!
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Post by: Happychappy on June 02, 2017, 03:06:45 PM
Absolutely lovely Sharon.   Patricia
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Post by: lynn p. on June 02, 2017, 04:32:16 PM
Sharon, this is great.  I love it because from afar it is really abstract with interesting shapes and values.  Cool!
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Post by: TeresaM on June 03, 2017, 03:21:26 AM
Well done  :painting:
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 05, 2017, 07:55:55 AM
 :thankyou: Gita, Patricia, Lynn and Teresa! There's something so fun about painting food these days - and enjoying being a bit more abstract creative vs realistic!
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 07, 2017, 11:01:42 AM

So here's #2 in the series of 3 food paintings my client has asked me to paint, based on photos she took. This is a dissected fig on a bed of sand and rocks.  Again, went for a more abstract look and tried to simplify the middle of the fig - which was tough to paint. Any suggestions, please share! Thanks!

Added my 2nd attempt here:
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Post by: Val on June 07, 2017, 12:01:50 PM
This is a tricky one! I'll take a flyer on this one... I think the fig needs to stand out more, do you think if you lighten the brown (ground) it would work?

 You've got me hooked on those dark backgrounds, but I don't know how your client would feel about a dark brown/black background!  :whistle:     ;D
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 07, 2017, 12:30:13 PM
I agree the figs need to stand out more, Val. Are you suggesting I either paint the sand black around the figs and the rocks? Black over the rocks and just leave the figs? Or try to scrub the sand and lighten it? Appreciate you giving a fig about this!
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 07, 2017, 02:19:24 PM

OK - I scrubbed the background as best I could, and lightened up some of the rocks. Does it look any better?
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Post by: Win on June 07, 2017, 02:55:19 PM
Fabulous painting Sharon  and it looks and  much better with the lighter background,  O0. 

 I dont know exactly how watercolour works but perhaps if you could make the stem and skin a little more brighter ie a yellow green Im sure it may lift it up or out a bit more.   :)
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 07, 2017, 03:24:05 PM

Great suggestion, Win! A little change made a big difference! Thank you!
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 07, 2017, 03:28:33 PM
Just showed this via email to the client and she said "gorgeous"! Now off to the framer it goes!
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Win on June 07, 2017, 04:17:10 PM
 O0 Fabulous
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Post by: Val on June 08, 2017, 03:42:48 AM
Sharon, sorry I didn't get back yesterday, you got it perfectly anyway. Great call Win, that was going to be my next suggestion!  ;D must be great minds and all that!  :2funny:

Excellent job Sharon.  O0      :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on June 08, 2017, 07:37:17 AM
Another good one, Sharon.  You are on a roll.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 08, 2017, 10:22:33 AM
 :thankyou: Win, Val and Mea! Really appreciate the suggestions - made a big difference to the end result.

 Picked up the donut painting from the framer today. Delivering it to the client this afternoon. I'll post of photo of that soon!
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 08, 2017, 10:25:58 AM
Here's the ref photo for the 3rd painting in this series. Would love some feedback. I think I'm going to get rid of everything on the table except the platter, which is what the client wants highlighted.  Should I keep the tablecloth as is (which seems really busy) or just keep it white? I thought I'd paint the wall yellow and leave out the floor and cabinet. Pretend that the table is pushed against the wall. Any thoughts??
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Post by: Happychappy on June 08, 2017, 11:05:38 AM
Sharon, I looked at this photo in the gallery and my thoughts were that it was far too busy.  I would make the focal point the platter as you suggested and have a plain tablecloth but that is just my opinion.  Wait for the others to give their take on it.  In any event, you will do a perfect job on whatever you decide to do.


Patricia
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Post by: Val on June 08, 2017, 11:25:03 AM
 :coolsmiley:   I am also in agreement. The photo is much too busy. Make the platter the focal point, definitely simplify the table cloth. The cabinet on the wall adds nothing for the photo so  :hammer: that out of the way.

The tablecloth could have 'some' patterning if desired, but I would have the pattern only a shade or two darker than whatever colour you decide on.

 :heeha: That's my thrupny bit!  ;D
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 08, 2017, 11:34:28 AM
Thanks you Patrica and Val - I think we're all on the same page about simplifying. Now I just have to identify all the things on that platter!!
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Val on June 08, 2017, 11:37:20 AM
 ;D I've already played that game! Just a couple of items I wasn't sure of....
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 08, 2017, 03:06:33 PM

Here's the donut painting framed!

And Val - once I get a list of the food items, I'll post it to see how close you came!!
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Val on June 08, 2017, 05:04:06 PM
 ??? You're getting a list?   :nono:    That's not on!  :surrender: Can I cry foul on that one?  >:D      :2funny:
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Val on June 08, 2017, 05:05:16 PM
Almost forgot.... the donut painting looks fabulous!  O0 Your client has nice nail polish...  ;)
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: mea hamo pena on June 08, 2017, 05:26:59 PM
Sharon,

I agree - simplify!  Maybe a cream or ecru color for tablecloth?? 

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 08, 2017, 07:45:42 PM
Ok Val - here's the list - how many did you get right?
Potatoes
Nicoise olives
Hearts of palm
Grilled baby artichokes
French green beans
Grape tomatoes
Cauliflower
Rainbow of carrots
Medium boiled eggs
Grilled Tuna (dressed with nicoise vinaigrette)
Almonds
Asparagus (ends shaved so the ends are white and gradually gets green toward the tip)
More tomatoes and olives

I missed the hearts of palm and thought the almonds were fava beans!

Thanks about the donut frame - I love her nail polish, too!

And thanks Mea - cream is good. What's ecru? Must look that one up!
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: mea hamo pena on June 08, 2017, 11:05:14 PM
Sharon - Ecru is just a bit more tan than cream.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Tezza1258 on June 09, 2017, 12:11:25 AM
 :D :clap:Wow! I just love your paintings Sharon.
Terri
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Val on June 09, 2017, 02:12:49 AM
 :heeha: I did better than I thought! It was the grilled tuna that tripped me up.  :faint: In all honesty, I didn't know what kind of olives they were, and I just had carrots, not rainbow carrots.  :doh: What do you say....deduct 1/2 point for each of those and 1 for the tuna?  ;)    ;D   I think my vegan roots may be showing!  :2funny:
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Win on June 09, 2017, 02:26:53 AM
Donuts look lovely framed. Personaly I like the tablecloth I think it compliments the design of the platter. But otherwise an ecru as Mea said would be good. Looking forward to seeing this one done.  :painting:
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Post by: Bhavna on June 09, 2017, 06:24:59 AM
You doing awesome painting Sharon. Love all of your works :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 09, 2017, 04:25:58 PM
 :thankyou: Terri, Win & Bhavna! And I'll experiment with a tanish color, Mea - thanks for the idea! And Win, I may throw in a slight pattern as well once I paint the platter...

And Val - I got all but the artichoke hearts correct - I thought they were either brussels sprouts or zucchini slices! And i think carrots is close enough to rainbow, so no points lost there!! Not sure how to make that tuna look more attractive! And are you truly a vegan?? Living on the water I would think you're a fish eater at least!
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Post by: Val on June 09, 2017, 07:21:38 PM
I was a vegan for 30 years.
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Post by: Annie. on June 10, 2017, 03:44:49 AM
Agree, too busy.  The idea of a plain table cloth is great. 

What I would find attractive, personally, would be to zoom in the center of the big plate (square or rectangle) and stop before the end of the plate... so no plate, no tablecloth, no wall.  Just a colourful focus on those beautiful veges.  Following the rainbow, or suttlely a color palette, would be fun.

But this may not be what your buyer has in mind...

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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 10, 2017, 09:19:20 AM
Val - 30 years a vegan - that's a long time. Sounds like you've returned to the other side now!!

Annie - I would have zoomed in, too - but the client likes the table included since she's a caterer and it gives her clients a perspective of how the plating looks on the table...I've got it sketched...now I just have to get the courage to start painting it!
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Val on June 10, 2017, 01:58:01 PM
Not 100% back to the 'other' side. Had to revert somewhat a number of years ago due to a blood disorder.

This will be a breeze to paint.... now that bread and pastry truck.... that was a challenge!   :heeha:


You've got this one.  :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:   The crystal never lies!  ;)
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 10, 2017, 02:11:50 PM
Love you, Val - a good reminder of what was a real painting challenge that I got through a couple of years ago! Puts this one  into perspective!!
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Post by: Val on June 10, 2017, 02:17:23 PM
 O0    There you go   ;)
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Post by: linley.plester on June 11, 2017, 05:44:29 AM
Looks fantastic framed... :clap:
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 11, 2017, 10:31:39 AM
Thanks, Linley! The fig painting should be framed this week - looking forward to seeing the finished product of that one, too..

Blocking in colors for the platter now...taking it one segment at a time!
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on July 29, 2017, 01:37:46 PM

If you recall, a client had commissioned me to paint 3 food pictures. The first two flowed really well and the client loves them - as do I! I knew going into this 3rd one that it wasn't going to be so easy. In fact, I put it aside for a couple of months because it was stressing me out. Sadly, the break hasn't done me much good - it's a hot mess. But I wanted you to see that I tried...and will be telling the client it's just not working for me to paint this. I think the ref photo is the big problem - but I also prefer to paint things that are less busy - that this one just has too many little things on it for me to truly grasp. And honestly, painting slimy fish isn't my cup of tea!!

Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: mea hamo pena on July 29, 2017, 03:03:25 PM
I see what you mean, Sharon.  Just too many things on the plate to do justice to any one thing.  Although, this is really pretty good for something so busy.


Maybe as the client what her favorite food  ingredient is and see if you can work something up with that?

Good luck!

aloha

mea

Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Val on July 29, 2017, 04:46:11 PM
It actually isn't that bad considering the array of foodstuff. I think it would have been better with a bit less background and focus more on the plate of food. Any chance you could crop some of the background away?
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on July 29, 2017, 07:12:49 PM

Here it is cropped, Val. I sent it to the client who said she likes it. Even suggested if I don't than to just not sign my name to it!! Tomorrow when my mind is a little more clear I may try to work on the fish again. It does look better with less background. Good suggestion!  I chose the green and good, which are Sac State University colors where the client went to college.

And I like your idea, Mea, about suggesting she send a photo of a favorite dish she likes to create for her catering business - one that's less busy!!

I'll most my next efforts tomorrow.
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: mea hamo pena on July 29, 2017, 08:50:09 PM
The more I look at it, the better I like it.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Val on July 30, 2017, 01:03:05 AM
If the client is happy, it's a success.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on July 30, 2017, 07:17:39 AM
I agree Mea - the cropping helps a lot! I'm still going to fine tune this a bit mkde, even if the client likes it. I guess I want to like it more before I hand it over.
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Val on July 30, 2017, 09:16:46 AM
OK, since you're feeling you want to work it a little more......

I was thinking if you could bring up the strength of a few areas just enough to brighten  it up and increase a few values. For example, bring up a few of the reds, just a few at random to vary the values and brighten it up. Pick up some of the highlights just a bit.... I think you will see what I'm getting at. It will also bring more dimension and separate the items a bit more. Build them up as it were.

You have a great variety of colours to pick and choose to make it pop....just be careful not to overdo. 
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on July 30, 2017, 09:38:28 AM

Thanks Val! I beefed up some of the reds and yellows, as well as some of the black in the fish. Showed it to the client and she loves it! It's going to the framer tomorrow. And we all know how much nicer a painting looks after it's framed. And good news - she's also decided to buy the succulent painting I did in Puerto Vallarta! She bought my last one, too. So it's been a good Sunday so far!!

Now my goal this week is to take one of Nolan's oil painting classes. I think I need a break from WC for a moment!
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Val on July 30, 2017, 09:42:13 AM
 :yippee:   This looks great! From like to love can be a very short step... especially if it involves the stroke of a brush.  ;)

Well done you.  O0      :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on July 30, 2017, 09:49:13 AM
 :thankyou: Val - I so appreciate all of your suggestions - especially the cropping one. It had the biggest impact! I'll post after it's framed...so happy to put the brush down on this one. It was making me depressed - but now I'm happy again!!
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Val on July 30, 2017, 09:53:55 AM
 :urwelcome:       :-*
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Post by: mea hamo pena on July 30, 2017, 11:31:39 AM
You did it, Sharon.  I knew you could save this one.  Looks great now.

Sounds like you are on a roll.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: mea hamo pena on July 30, 2017, 11:31:54 AM
You did it, Sharon.  I knew you could save this one.  Looks great now.

Sounds like you are on a roll.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on July 30, 2017, 07:30:53 PM
Thanks Mea! I'm amazed I salvaged this one. I was going to throw it away! So glad, with yours
 and Val's encouragement, I persevered!!
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Happychappy on August 06, 2017, 12:15:15 PM
Sharon, you have done a wonderful job on salvaging the painting. I love the fact that you brightened up some of the red and yellows for it looks more appetising and fresh.  Great job and so happy that your client loves it too.


Patricia
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on August 06, 2017, 07:29:51 PM
Thanks Patricia! I pick this one up from the framer tomorrow. Will post the finished version. I think I'll like it even more when it's framed!
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on August 07, 2017, 11:59:30 AM

And here's Dani's Platter framed! She'll be here in an hour to pick up this one and my last Succulent painting! Can't believe what a magician my framer is - I so love this painting now!! Really glad I didn't give up - thanks to the encouragement of my PB family!!
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: mea hamo pena on August 07, 2017, 01:27:56 PM
Wow, it really turned out well and looks so good framed.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Val on August 07, 2017, 01:37:08 PM
 :heeha: Brilliant Sharon.  O0    This will knock her knickers off! Fantastic!!!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on August 07, 2017, 02:06:44 PM
She just left with it and loved it!! Best suggestions were cropping it closer and adding more red and yellows - thanks Val!!!
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Val on August 07, 2017, 02:14:50 PM
 :yippee:   Just knew it!  Well done you.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Win on August 07, 2017, 04:12:21 PM
Fab  :clap:
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Post by: Annie. on August 07, 2017, 06:46:11 PM
Love it!

You said so many times that a good frame can makes or destroy a good painting... now I am starting to really beleive it.
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Happychappy on August 08, 2017, 11:59:54 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  The painting looks absolutely stunning in the frame Sharon. Your framer really knows his job. Great job.


Patricia
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on August 08, 2017, 08:10:50 PM
 :thankyou: Val, Win, Annie and Patricia. And I thank my lucky stars over and over again for the day I walked into this framers shop 3 years ago! I've learned if you respect your painting, frame it properly. Just very grateful I have a framer who can do just that, and so affordably. 
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Val on August 09, 2017, 03:43:42 AM
Next trip in you must express my congratulations and admiration for the wonderful job he has done for you and your paintings.  :congrats:      :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: linley.plester on August 09, 2017, 04:31:02 PM
Yes, you are really lucky finding such a good framer. But the frames only enhance an already fabulous painting. Generally I hate food paintings. I'm perpetually "watching my weight" and food paintings remind me of food and what I'm missing out on  :sweat:  But I admit I do like Dani's paintings. :coffee::coffee::coffee::coffee: :coffee: Oh dear!!!
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on August 14, 2017, 09:32:24 AM
I will, Val - and thank you, Linley! The only painting I've done that had me craving food was my cheeseburger!

Someone wants to buy a giclee of the donut painting, so I'm anxious to see how that turns out when my framer is done with it!
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: KathyKuz on September 13, 2017, 11:19:33 AM
Sharon:  I really like your food paintings.  The second fig painting is really good.  Love the food truck.  Good job.   :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Dani's Food Paintings
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on September 14, 2017, 03:50:44 PM
I appreciate your comments, Kathy! Glad you've enjoying painting food pictures, too - they're quite entertaining to do!