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Remember how yesterday I posted about how I’m a glutton for punishment and am always doing stupid things like cutting fruit open for a painting? If you didn’t read that, go read it real-quick-like and then meet me back here. Done? Good.

Well today, I’m going to reveal another secret. You shouldn’t wash fruit or veggies before you paint them because they get wet. And then, they dry. Mind blown, I know. Which means you, again, have to work from photographs which is fine if you’re a good photographer but not fine if you kinda sorta suck at photography like I do. So I do a lot of pretending when it comes to water droplets on things. Here are a couple of the paintings I created that I kind of wished while I was making them that I hadn’t soaked the subject matter down first:

pear framed

Pear  6″ x 8″ oil on board

Original available at http://shop.emilypageart.com/t/realist-works and prints available here.

And this:

Tomatoes with Stems

Tomatoes with Stems, 12″x12″ oil on board $360

Prints available here.

And then this:

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Tomatoes With Sticker 5″ x 5″ oil on board

Prints available here.

And finally this:

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Tomato and Basil 5″ x 5″ oil on board

Clearly, I like tomotoes. Prints available here.

And that concludes today’s lesson.