100 Starts – Number 94

Number 94 of my 100 Starts project
Number 94 of my 100 Starts project

Mushrooms are really delightful subjects to paint! I was lucky to find a carton of them in the fridge, along with some grape tomatoes. I love the way the mushrooms are a soft, natural white, with great shadow shapes due to the combination of round caps and straight stems.

I’m becoming more aware of how the order that the colors are painted has a significant impact on my brushwork and ability to make the shapes I want. Since I want to paint alla prima, the risk of colors mixing into each other unintentionally is something to keep an eye on.

I had a fun moment while finishing the grape tomato, when I went back in to add a brighter red area on the right side. Using a smaller brush to apply some color without blending it in (i.e. put it down and leave it alone!) gave me a little thrill and preview of what’s coming soon after I complete my 100 Starts and move to painting complete paintings.

Now that I’m in the home stretch I wanted to start posting these daily. The previous studies can be found here.

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