Grocery store inspiration

I have to say, I really have a soft spot for gorgeous veggies discovered in by chance while grocery shopping. It might be a it of a complex, but that's okay with me. I'll be just walking through the veggies and suddenly a misshapen and completely unique bit of produce will catch my eye and I won't be able to leave the store without it. Often they're the items that many would consider undesirable or ugly, but in my eyes they are unique and delicate, begging to be drawn or painted or simply appreciated.

So, I came upon this lovely little heirloom.

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To be fair, this might be widely considered a pretty tomato, but it had sort of a wonky stem and cute little patches of green so, predictably, I bought it.

My process was simple. I worked in stages, starting by sketching the whole thing including the highlights and shadows, then continuing on by adding a nicely saturated base layer to prevent bits of paper from showing through. I couldn't really figure out how to treat the stem, so I've left it for now. Anyway, it was a relaxing project. I really enjoyed working on it, and I especially enjoyed slicing the tomato up and sprinkling a little salt and olive oil over it!

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"No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist." - Oscar Wilde