Sneak a Peek – Cereal Box Art

Practice makes perfect . . . so they say . . . I’m practicing using just 3 colors burnt Umber, raw Siena and white.

Deflated Apple

These are all studies in value which is training my eye to see darks, lights and midtones.  It’s easier when using just one or two colors and right now I’m all for easier.

Plumped up Apple

The biggest problem using the back of food boxes is I have to eat the food first.

9 comments on “Sneak a Peek – Cereal Box Art

  1. These are really good, I particularly like the black and white middle one! I love how you have used a flat brush and blocked the pear and the apple. I also find that if you limit the colors you use you can focus on the basics, which all goes back to how we see. What we notice and our powers of observation. Wondering why you are using food boxes, but I do like the idea… ok maybe the answer is in one of the other posts.. going to look.



    • Thanks Peta!
      I’m using food boxes because it allows me to let go of trying to make it perfect or beautiful and just concentrate on experimenting and learning. I find it frees me from expectation which always gets in my way AND they are free!

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    • Bean!
      How lovely to hear from you and thank you for such an affirming comment. Seems the only energy I have these days is holding a brush (and then I make sure it’s not a heavy one!)
      love always,


  2. Payne’s gray has blue undertones – you’ve achieved something quite unusual but there has to be an explanation. BTW, if you’d like to mix your own black shades, mix Burnt Umber with Ultramarine blue until you get a shade you like. I love making my own blacks as they’re rich and nuanced and don’t deaden art. Especially important in portraiture.


    • Shari,
      I know I didn’t use Payne’s gray but maybe it was the photo I took? I’ll have to find the original and see what it looks like. Thanks for the mixing tip – I’ll write it down or I’ll forget.


  3. Judy, these are really fabulous! You have such an exciting stroke – bold and assured. I’m glad you didn’t blend in all the edges and make mush. Also like seeing the white background peeking through. You absolutely got the range of values. This is art, not copy.

    How did you get the blue in the jar?


    • Shari,
      Thank you AS ALWAYS for your fantabulously affirming comments. The white background peeking through was flakes of gesso!
      I don’t know how I got the blue in the jar . . . I don’t know how I do much of anything to be honest. The only thing I can think of is I used some black with blue undertones. . . but I don’t remember using black . . . maybe my brush had paint on it from another exercise – I tend to keep loading my brush with paint upon paint.


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