gummy cherries

I also decided to post this portrait sketch, which was based on an advertisement photo in a magazine.  Again, while it's not the best thing I ever painted, I really like how much it is teaching me about all these different aspects of painting portraits: skin tones, values, shadow shapes, and edges.  (Painting hair is really challenging too!)  I also think it's interesting how the goal of "finishing" the painting to a point where I can post it forces me to deal with things that I could probably put off indefinitely.  Looking forward to working with some skin tone exercises in my next painting session…

Here is a painting of some candy cherries, which I thought would be a simple subject.  However, it turns out that the translucent nature of the material (whatever the gooey material is that gummy cherries are made of) and the bright colors made for some very interesting challenges.  There are so many intricate shapes and colors hidden in what seemed at first like a straightforward subject!  While it's not the best painting I've ever done, I learned a lot about painting, drawing, and simply seeing what I'm looking at.  I'll try more on this subject tomorrow!