Tuesday, February 24, 2009

"Quadruplets" (Bananas - Step 4)

Watercolor on watercolor paper - 6 1/2" x 9 1/2" (SOLD)

Finally, it's finished! Thank God!!

In the previous stage, I mentioned the yellow bananas were not looking quite right. The overly brown shadows were adjusted but it didn't help. The artwork was a goner as far as I was concerned. It was going to be cut up and the back used as scrap paper.

I should've made the bananas green right from the start, I thought. Since I literally was going to throw this painting out it couldn't hurt changing the color of the fruit just to see how they'd look, right?

So after applying several green watercolor washes over the yellow bananas....poof!....now they were green. I really liked the change and began rebuilding the bananas in additional green tones. I dulled down the background even further and darkened the shadows underneath the bananas.

It now had some serious potential and after all the finishing touches were in place this still life was officially saved!

The final painting still has bold colors like I wanted....just greens instead of yellows.

One other thing to note. I always sign my art in the lower right hand corner. Due to the composition of the artwork that just wasn't possible. I ended up having to place my signature in the lower left hand side, which looks odd to me, but I guess I'm not use to it.

In the end, I'm just glad it's all done and that my hard work and tenacity paid off.


Don Gray said...

A case study in being alert to what the painting tells you it needs, versus the preconceived idea. A valuable lesson. Nice work!

Dean Grey said...

Thanks Don!

I never looked at it like that before. That the painting has its own personality/needs and I'm (as the artist) bringing it all to life.

Unique perspective!


naturgesetz said...

Will the experts 100 years from now think it's a forgery because the signature's in the wrong place?

Dean Grey said...


Hahahaha.....I kind of thought the same thing!


Anonymous said...

lovely work, as i scrolled up and looked at how the painting developed, i felt the anxiety i feel when a painting looks like it is going wrong. this one was worth the perseverence

Dean Grey said...

Thank you, Rahina!

I thought for sure I messed up this painting of bananas. It totally went in a direction I wasn't expecting.

But I guess that is part of the fun!


Tammy's Studio said...

I LOVE how they turned out! AWESOME colors!

Dean Grey said...


Yay! Glad you think so!


Unknown said...

I watched my son remediate a painting - totally beyond my comprehension. Beautiful work.

Dean Grey said...


Thank you!