Painting on Location
by Donald A. Jusko

Cuban Red Bananas

#888 Cuban Red Bananas W/C Strathmore Aquarius 140#, 22x30, 3-26-03
#879 Kula Bananas in a Lichee Tree, acrylic, 15x22, 11-3-03
#878 Kula Bananas and Straw Hat, 7.5x5.5, 11-1-03

First, wet the paper and wait until the sheen is gone. Now you can draw with the brush and wipe out errors with a sponge. When the drawing is finished, let it dry. Notice how much the color has lightened and make a mental note. Now these colors won't move when they are re-wet. Strathmore Aquarius paper is not very forgiving when it comes to removing a line made on dry paper and yet it's self dissolving of heavy pigment.
Wet the complete paper down again and start laying in the colors, highlights first. The paper should be flat as opposed to vertical, unless you want the colors to blend downward. To make an object filled with a solid, wet just the area you want to color in with water first. This will insure full color right up to the edge when you start adding more color. Don't wet the pencil line.

The first thing I'm doing on my second day is find and fill-in my darkest darks and find the whitest whites.
The #36 white synthetic White Sable called 'Goliath' by Robert Simmons is just what I need to move around on this 22x30.

Day 1Day 2

The Cuban banana starts out a green and magenta color, small splotched not mixed. More magenta is at the top of each banana. Since the magenta is tainted with green and the green with magenta, they are both mixing toward a dark neutral. The next color shift is to yellow then to magenta. A very festive banana!

Day 3,

Day 3

Day 4, Finished. I warmed up the background and bananas.
Cuban bananas are the most colorful of all bananas.
You have to paint bananas quickly, once the color starts changing it changes fast.

#879 Kula Bananas in a Lichee Tree, acrylic, 15x22, 11-3-03

This is the setup, I keep the view directly above the support, sight with one eye and draw with two.

The charcoal outline drawing will be gone over with a color. While laying out the composition I used the ends of the bananas as marker points.

Set-up to paintCharcoal Drawing

The color outline is painted over the charcoal. I don't want a highly pigmented line and I found that a thin wash will come off when washed, so I add some clear acrylic medium to make it stronger. Than I can wash the board clean. I wash the painting before I paint on the final finish too, it always amazes me how much dirt accumulates as I crawl over the painting while painting. Start adding color on the top left and work your way down to the signature.

Color was added to cover 100%, I conceder that half-way finished.


Finished, 11-3-03, I didn't make this page until 3-22-12. Nine years later, better late than never :P


#878, Kula Bananas & Straw Hat, acrylic, 5.5x7.5, 11-1-03

Day 1 finished, painted where they lay as they got cut down.

Day 1

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