Tomato Dance – Morning Harvest

cherry tomatoes, Red tomato, Still Life, tomato flowers, Tomatoes, yellow tomatoes
I can’t be happier with this year crop of tomatoes. We left for a camping trip for just a few days last weekend and when we came back our garden turned yellow and red from tomatoes! My favorite time when I pick the tomatoes and smell the green fresh cut stems. Better than any perfume!

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I’ve painted this painting with pretty much limited palette of three yellows and Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Red. The most complicated mix was for greens and shadows, which contains all that what I used in tomatoes plus Burned Siena and a little Purple Violet.

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10″x 8″ Winsor & Newton Watercolor on White Fabriano 140 lb Cold Pressed

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11 thoughts on “Tomato Dance – Morning Harvest

  1. Ah Liana! Thank you so much. I used to paint tomatoes with burned umber or siena for that shadow side. But now I found that deep Alizarin Crimson is pretty good fresh substitute for that šŸ™‚
    Cheers!
    Irina

  2. Thank you Katherine, I did pick up the tomato flower intentionally and placed it on a still life. Flower gives even more freshness to the piece, isn't it šŸ™‚

    Thanks again for your comment!
    Irina

  3. Hi,Irina,
    Congrats! Always your sensitive and colour striking work is eye pleasant. Strong contrast and enhanced values are beautiful. Furthermore, you're so kind to share the info. Thank you.
    Cheers,Sadami

  4. Thank you Sadami. I also tried to paint without pencil this time. I just drew with my brush with the faint color of the veggies (yellow for yellow, pinkish red for reds, graying green for the rest)..

  5. What a God given talent you have dear Irina. I love to see all you paint. Tomatoes I think are a fruit and not a vegetable! That's what I was told anyway! LOL! Hugs June xx

  6. You are right June: tomatoes are not technically veggies.

    I just Googled it and found interesting facts. Per Oxford Dictionary ” the answer to the question is that a tomato is technically the fruit of the tomato plant, but it's used as a vegetable in cooking.”

    Here is full article:
    http://oxforddictionaries.com/page/tomatofruitveg

    Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable?

    The confusion about 'fruit' and 'vegetable' arises because of the differences in usage between scientists and cooks. Scientifically speaking, a tomato is definitely a fruit. True fruits are developed from the ovary in the base of the flower, and contain the seeds of the plant (though cultivated forms may be seedless). Blueberries, raspberries, and oranges are true fruits, and so are many kinds of nut. Some plants have a soft part which supports the seeds and is also called a 'fruit', though it is not developed from the ovary: the strawberry is an example.

    As far as cooking is concerned, some things which are strictly fruits, such as tomatoes or bean pods, may be called 'vegetables' because they are used in savoury rather than sweet cooking. The term 'vegetable' is more generally used of other edible parts of plants, such as cabbage leaves, celery stalks, and potato tubers, which are not strictly the fruit of the plant from which they come. Occasionally the term 'fruit' may be used to refer to a part of a plant which is not a fruit, but which is used in sweet cooking: rhubarb, for example.

    So, the answer to the question is that a tomato is technically the fruit of the tomato plant, but it's used as a vegetable in cooking.

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