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Art of the Day: Sunday May 03, 2009

Tomayta, Tomato II

- by Colleen Brown

This week's theme: Tomatoes

Like so many people, we have a garden. We look forward to the fresh vegetables and herbs - peppers, basils, oreganos, okra and squash are just a few of the seedlings in the ground. However, like so many backyard gardeners, our most eagerly anticipated garden harvest will be the tomatoes.

Art: Tomayta, Tomato II by Artist Colleen Brown
Brilliant homegrown tomatoes backlit on the counter sang a sweet summer song that called to me. Soft pastel on Art Spectrum sanded paper. Using white paper is the key to the translucency of such a piece as this. I also do not use fixative as it will dull my chosen palette and I tend to work very thinly so there is not much loose pastel dust to begin with.


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