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Grapefruits

Grapefruits, Oil on canvas 24"x28"

Grapefruits, Oil on canvas 24"x28"

The last painting that I completed in 2015 was of a grapefruit tree, on the west side of a quiet street in Tempe, not too far from my home. I painted the tree over what seemed like many days. But every day, when I arrived in front of the tree and looked up at its fruits, it brought a smile to my face - the grapefruits were so beautiful. 
    I painted in the afternoons, when the sun had turned behind the tree, and the fruits were away from direct sunlight. Even with the sun behind the tree, the colors were changing significantly throughout the afternoon. Thus, it was between 3:30pm and 4:30pm when I tried to make my most important color and tone decisions.  

This complex scene, separates into only 3 main values - the light of the fruits and the sky, the mid-tones of the leaves, and the darks of the deep shadows. 

This complex scene, separates into only 3 main values - the light of the fruits and the sky, the mid-tones of the leaves, and the darks of the deep shadows. 

I started with a drawing on a 24"x36" paper to determine the composition. I then transferred the drawing to the stretched canvas. 

I started with a drawing on a 24"x36" paper to determine the composition. I then transferred the drawing to the stretched canvas.