Still Life Onion the Finishing Layer Demonstration

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You've made it! The final layer, and boy are my eyes tired of watering up with all this onion!

Here where we left off. The first color layer completed, most details have been added and some sense of texture has been completed with the addition of some of the highlights.

still life onions red white yellow



I start here to put the final background color in one more time.

still life onions red white yellow



Close ups of the color laying in.

still life onions red white yellow

still life onions red white yellow



Dry brush blending completed, and notice the shelf is now blocked in.

still life onions red white yellow



I now add a bit more serrations to the onion streaking with a light pink.

still life onions red white yellow



I now put in some granite wear and tear. This is loosely done and will be blended out. I also add a touch of the red to the granite to help unify the piece.

still life onions red white yellow



A little more work to the red onion.

still life onions red white yellow



Blended or softened out with the big dry mop brush.

still life onions red white yellow

still life onions red white yellow



The white tassels have some firelight reflection added and additional white with a touch of yellow to the front. No open or pure white is used!

still life onions red white yellow



And with just a few brush strokes of dark and light, I transform the onion skin to paper thin sheets tearing away.

still life onions red white yellow



How it looks further back.

still life onions red white yellow

A picture of my pallet with the very few colors used for this painting!

still life onions red white yellow



And again, the real beauty of this method. I really didn't like the highlight on my red onion. It made the onion appear square rather than round, so, I wiped it off and did it again!! Compare this to previous photos, the highlight is muted and higher on the left.

still life onions red white yellow



And a comparison to the original photo. Again, the technique is not to copy the photo, but use it for important information that your viewer is accustomed to seeing in an onion. Leaving out aspects that are ugly, and leaving what you perceive is the beauty of the object.

still life onions red white yellow



Hope you enjoyed this demonstration. Should you desire abit more in photo's or brushwork, try my book. It has a little more detailed information and photo's of this technique that you will find helpful.

"A Real Art Lesson" is a complete workshop manual on this technique of painting. 

Below is the video I made of this and another onion demonstration painting.  It pulls all the images together for you with a bit of background music.  Enjoy!

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