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Queen Pomegranate and Princess Persimmon (Painted Thrice)


There was something regal about these two, hence the painting title, despite the queen sitting in a soap dish, not a throne. Below is a photo of the still life set up and below that two previous pom/persimmon paintings that were a nice warmup and introduction to the subject…

Queen Pom and Princess Persimmon, oil on panel, 8x8"
Queen Pom and Princess Persimmon, oil on panel, 8×8 inches (Available to purchase here)

There was something regal about these two, hence the name, despite the queen sitting in a soap dish, not a throne. I started out thinking “values and planes” and then, as usual, got seduced by color and detail. I did manage to keep some of the planes I saw in this pomegranate (which was becoming more faceted as it became more elderly, having been painted a few times over the past couple weeks). However, I’m not sure the painting actually benefitted from leaving the planes (or so many of them) visible.

Below is a photo of the set up and below that the two previous pom/persimmon paintings that were a nice warmup and introduction to the subject, though perhaps not terribly successful in terms of paint application, composition and/or drawing.

Photo of setup for Queen Pom
Photo of setup for Queen Pom
4 Poms on a Black Plate, oil on panel, 8x10"
4 Poms on a Black Plate, oil on panel, 8×10″
3 Poms on a Black Box, oil on panel, 8x10"
3 Poms on a Black Box, oil on panel, 8×10″
3 Poms on a Box painting on easel and still life set up
3 Poms on a Box painting on easel and still life set up

By Jana Bouc

I am an artist who loves (and lives) to sketch and paint in watercolor and oils. I teach watercolor classes in the San Francisco Bay Area.

10 replies on “Queen Pomegranate and Princess Persimmon (Painted Thrice)”

Wow! I absolutely love your final painting. I don’t think the pomegranate is too faceted at all. I enjoyed seeing your other two paintings and seeing how you evolved. You really got to know the persimmon and pomegranate well! I have to say, I really like your second painting with the 4 poms on the black plate also. It would be a tough pick. You did a great job painting both the plate and soap dish black. Love all of the subtle colors in those. Bravo!

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