Well, this one is torn and in the trash now. It began as a nice painting and I worked on it a while and then it stumped me - I knew it was just about to go wrong so put it aside and it sat for months. I picked it out of the pile the other day and began working it again - and, yep, it went wrong. Quickly. But I didn't give up. I kept working it, even taking it and washing it all off in the bathtub and working more! Sometimes you just have to know when to say Enough is Enough! Part of the problem = it was a full size sheet (22" x 30") and I had to wrangle it around in my little art room, trying to paint without a table big enough to paint on. Of course, that doesn't excuse the overworking and the black bg - I was willing to try anything at that point to save it but it was already DOA! (Trust me, the photo makes it look so much better than it looked in real life.)
So - say goodbye, tear it up, throw it away. And begin again.
This time, on a half sheet (15" x 22") which is more maneuverable for me. However, these are not the pretty red tomatoes you see in the store. These are heirloom tomatoes - the duller colored, often bi-colored tomatoes that cost more but taste oh-so-good.
And I have to do some things right in this one =
1) don't make them all the same color and value,
2) don't put a solid bg behind them,
3) break up the color in places and leave some whites for goodness sake,
4) spend more time looking at the photo reference and less time painting on color.
If I can do these things, I think it will work.
If not, well this one will be easier to tear up since it's smaller!