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.

7 thoughts on “Sneak a Peek – Cereal Box Art

    • 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,


  1. 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.


  2. 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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