Friday, May 13, 2011

Garlic ~ a veggie?

3 1/2" x 3 1/2" oil on wood block

Although I've been looking forward to starting a new oil painting since my return from vacation I keep running into obstacles.   Yesterday with some garlic in hand I went to the studio and  decided that I'd paint a small painting for Daily Paintworks weekly challenge, which happens to be Paint Your Vegetable this week.  

~  I had gessoed a number of these small wood blocks awhile ago and thought they 
would make nice little paintings if shown in a grouping.   Although the size is attractive, I find them a little small to hold and try to paint, yet, I was having a hard time keeping it on my easel  because of the 1/2" thickness of the board.  Since painting this and taking a good honest look at it, I've decided that I'm not pleased with it and won't be posting it to the  weekly challenge.  Maybe I'll try another challenge or attempt another vegetable.  Also, the real painting doesn't have this bright yellow in it, but I couldn't seem to get rid of it with photoshop.


  1. Love the garlic! I haven't done any of the challenges in a long time but I love painting vegetables, so maybe I will give it a shot with some farmer's market purchases soon! It does seem like it would be hard to paint that small. About the smallest I have done is 6"x 6" before. But you carried it through beautifully!

  2. Hi Nancy...I have the same trouble with those small blocks, I don't really care so much for them. I do like your garlic painting..looks totally garlic-y to me. For myself I am thinking about painting on canvas that is glued to foam core and then I can crop it if I want later. Works for Richard Schmid! haha

  3. Thanks for dropping by Denise and Celeste.
    I think the 6 x 6 is a great size, but, since I have the small blocks, cut, sanded and gesso'd I'm gunna paint them if its the last thing I do...... ok, maybe not,
    * giggle.
    I like the foam board Celeste, I might give it a try. Thanks. If its good enough for Richard, it's good enough for me. *wink.

  4. Anonymous8:14 AM

    Hello Nancy,
    I love your humour !
    and I do like your painting of garlic.
    Now, about the yellow that the paintings does not have I think the colors vary according the time of the photo.
    I have found that the photos done in the morning light are far better than those done in the afternoon.