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Sharing the lessons I teach at the Artist Guild and the personal discoveries in my art.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Pomegranate Pair.

Pomegranate Pair 
8”x6” oil on canvas panel $150.

Artist Note
An artist friend gave me some
beautiful poms right off her tree. 
I have painted them in
three different sizes and 
this is the first one I finished.

A bright glowing red can be 
very difficult 
to paint. 
Adding white can cool it too much. 
I used 
Grumbacher Red (napathol)
Naples Yellow
Alizarin Perm. 
Thalo Blue
I used white to make a purple
from the aliz and blue. 
The greens were made with 
that wonderful 
Perylene Black and yellow. 
Transparent Brown Oxide
is always on my palette. 

I looked back at the poms 
I paint every year. 
These are the first 
I have done with them
hanging from their branch. 
I enjoyed having the leaves
to help with the design. 

I have made a little video
I will be showing soon. 
Learning to edit!


  1. You're so right about reds being difficult to replicate. So often the reality leans more towards orange-y. I know my painted apples often start out being far too "blue" red. Your pom painting also has such an appealing composition -- I especially like the depth you've achieved with your cast shadows of the leaves onto the fruit. The colors are perfect (Yay for your newly brightened eyes!) and the greens are beautifully muted. Nice one, Julie!

    1. LOVE-LOVE-LOVE this comment, dear Helene. Thanks for really looking and sharing. Your dog portrait is absolutely adorable and so well painted - hope to see more animals from you.

  2. great job with them :Dwonderful shine to the pom skin and nice variation of greens :D

    1. Thanks so much, Jennifer. My least fav color harmony is red and green but every fall I have to paint it because I love the the fruits etc.

  3. I like seeing the poms in this setting with their leaves. This is lovely and rich!!!

    1. Thanks Joan. The leaves certainly helped this piece.
      You and Jennifer above are both doing the Inktober so lucky us.

  4. This is a wonderful piece Julie!!! The texture on the fruit is amazing....pure realism! Love this! I look forward to the video!!!!

    1. Hi Hilda - thanks for liking this. Hope the video will come along sometime. I am so much a novice.

  5. The pomegranates really have come to life , they kind of jump at you from behind the leaves , just wonderful !

    1. Thanks Jane, I was just admiring your BEAUTIFUL floral in my favorite colors.

  6. You certainly captured a beautiful red Julie. Love the greens you used too. Hope you are having a great day friend. Hugs!

    1. Thanks Debbie, but the cold weather you had managed to find us too and I feel our trees will soon be shedding their leaves so I managed to paint these leaves just in time.
      Hope you are enjoying the beautiful changes of fall.

  7. I love those leaves with all their nuances! The red pom is magnificent! One of my all time favorite color combinations!

    1. Hello Carol, Happy you like it. Very happy. Sending painting blessings your way!

  8. Very rich and juicy application, I love it!


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