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iPad Painting of Cherries in a Chinese Bowl – How it happens

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Title: Cherries in a Chinese Bowl, iPad painting by Marthe Bijman (digital painting, 21 x 28 inches)

Title: Cherries in a Chinese Bowl, iPad painting by Marthe Bijman (digital painting, 21 x 28 inches)


Ah, the delicious, juicy cherries of British Columbia – the very essence of Summer. I can totally overeat when I get my hands on them. So too, apparently, can the bears around here. I photographed these in a bowl on our porch so the sun could bring out the deep red. Painting the thin, precise lines of the bowl was tricky and I had to go to huge % magnification – something like 300% – and work with a brush about 3 px in size. Almost made me go cross-eyed with concentration. When I was almost done making the painting, I realized I had put the shadow on the wrong side and had to redo it. Meh. But stuff happens when you move away from realism to something like impressionism, in other words, my impression of what I’m looking at.

Made on iPad, Brushes Redux app, 5 hours in front of the TV to complete (!), enlargement to over 300% to add detail, 1-70 px brushes, 100% coverage/replacement of the original pixels. Watch the video, below, for how it was made.

Find my other paintings at Direct2Artist.

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