Peach Season

It’s hard to exaggerate the extravagance of ripe peaches. Soft, striking, sweet, juicy…what fruits can rival them? Tomatoes, apples, eggplant, peppers? No match. Pears and cherries? Closer, but still second. Painting them is a pleasure, too. As is eating them, when the painting is done.

Tips and Techniques: First, I made it clear to my family, “Don’t eat the peaches until I paint them.” The previous three farmstand purchases disappeared before I had a chance at them. I started this as a simple ink sketch, and then painted multiple layers of Hansa yellow medium with quin rose, mixed with ultramarine blue for the darker skin. It’s important to let each layer dry thoroughly before adding the next. Building up layers allows the lighter tones to shine through, creating a more luminous effect than if you tried to get the color “right” in one go. I finished the page with a few details, spatter, and text (click the image to view larger).

23 Comments on “Peach Season

  1. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your art and the stepped out process.

  2. Thank you so much. A lifting experience, to see your work while caring for my elderly mother. Will show her too. Beautiful!

    • Chris – how sweet. I understand what it’s like to care for elderly parents and how nice it is to have something to share together…even as simple as peaches on a page. Best wishes to you and your mother.

  3. I love the peaches. Well I love everything you post. Have a superb remainder of summer, my fave season!
    Judy Hovde
    Minot, ND

  4. They’re gorgeous Jean!…and thank you so much for sharing the process…..Marylin Smith

  5. Not sure if the peaches would have lasted that long. There is nothing better than a local grown peach. I won’t eat anything else.

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