07 April 2009

strawberry study 22






I've been busy doing Mommy stuff lately, so I've had little time for painting or blogging. I spent a few days at the sewing machine, and from where I was working, I heard our backyard wind chimes. The chimes kept playing a series of notes from the Brothers Johnson song, Strawberry Letter 23. It reminded me that I painted these strawberries a few weeks ago, and never got around to posting, partly because they are studies to help me figure out why I can't seem to paint strawberries. If the chimes played Wipeout it would be just as appropriate, since that was the fate of 2 other studies.

19 comments:

Debbie said...

Are you kidding?! I think you did a great job on these strawberries!! Really nice!

Barbara Pask said...

Hi Dar, What do you mean you can't paint strawberries? They look perfect, the color is wonderful and look juicy and ready to et.

Ann Reyes said...

Yummy!!! These look good enough to eat! They're wonderful! I wish I "couldn't paint strawberries" this well!

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

very very nice, Dar. That plate reads so well.

Gail Murray said...

I had to read that a couple of times also. Darlene, these are beautiful! You capture textures so beautifly.

Jala Pfaff said...

I certainly see no evidence that you "can't paint strawberries"! Love the one on the plate especially.

Marian Fortunati said...

Yummmmmmm... These are so beautiful I feel like I could take one off the plate right now and eat it.

By the way Dar... I need to thank you for that tip you posted a while back about links. I use it all of the time now thanks to you!!! So I not only get great art but you expand my non-art mind as well!! THANKS

Dar Presto said...

Thanks everyone, I appreciate it! They were a struggle, especially painting white (light blue really) over red without blending.

Marian, I'm glad that was useful for you.

Jala Pfaff said...

I'm tagging you in my today's post, by the way. :)

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

Dar - there must be someother fruit in the kitchen to paint.

Dar Presto said...

Jala, thank you for the tag.
Bill, thank you for the nudge.

Laurel Daniel said...

These are wonderful. Just a hint of the seeds, not overdone... the sparkle of the ceramic plate... really great! (And PS - the mommy stuff is really important too. Never regret that investment!)

Dar Presto said...

Thanks Laurel.
You're right, no regrets!

Tina said...

Very beautiful and sweet looking. Nice job on this.

Dar Presto said...

welcome, Tina, thanks so much.

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Everytime I come over here to see what you are doing, I somehow get distracted, my bad. Your strawberries are TOO fabulous, more please. I love the strong contrasts on the plate against the softer sketchy looking sienna around the edges.

Dar Presto said...

Thanks Diane, I appreciate it.

Jack said...

Very sweet paintings..nice post..thanks for this one..really glad to see this..


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Lastri said...

whats the idea in painting only two strawberries? any way nice paintings