When it comes to painting there are artists that have a plan and those who don’t. I’m more of a don’t have a plan kind of guy. It probably stems from my inherit dislike of painting or drawing something more than once. In fact it’s rare that I will repeat a subject, except for maybe people, but that’s another post.
My plan for the heirloom tomatoes, if you can call it a plan, was, “Those suckers are going to rot, so I better paint them first.”
With such a detailed plan it was clear that I was going to have to paint in a window-blind fashion. But instead of a normal window-blind method where you start at one side and work your way to the other side rendering everything as you go, (like watching a scroll unreel) I thought I’d paint each individual tomato and throw in just enough background to help me find the values.
With my highly refined charcoal under drawing to guide me, I started to throw paint until I had something that resembled a tomato. Well, I wasn’t actually throwing paint, but I tend to practice what I call brute force painting where I just keep putting paint on the panel until what I’m painting looks like what I want it to look like.
I find it much easier to not have a plan while painting still life, since it’s easy enough to just move one of the objects if you discover your design for the painting looks like a crazed Capuchin monkey half way through lobotomy surgery directed the arrangement.