Painting process: Plate of mixed figs

Once again, I am painting one of my favourite subjects, figs! Pictured above is my loose sketch and still life set-up. (oil on cradled panel, 16 x 16 inches)
My underpainting.
Underpainting close-up
Detail of the finished figs and plate. You can see I added thicker paint with the palette knife to render the figs and add texture. The underpainting, which was done with a brush, still shows through in some parts.
Above is the finished painting with the still life set-up. It was a joy to paint the detail on the plate.
A better look at the finished piece. Nice contrasts in this one.

3 Replies to “Painting process: Plate of mixed figs”

  1. Pattern details are amazing. How you pull off that depth of field, I’ll never know. Beautiful work.

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