Pomegranates with Sumac leaves

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Pomegranates with Sumac Leaves, oil on linen panel, 6 x 8 in. © Jean Reece Wilkey

I did this after returning home from the workshop I took with Daniel J. Keys in Scottsdale, AZ. It was painted using his palette colors, which are based on the colors used by Richard Scmidt, his mentor and I did it in one session using the alla prima technique on a linen covered panel.

These are pomegranates from our tree and leaves from a Sumac tree that grows in a nearby park, but I liked the colors together. Very holiday-ish.

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4 Replies to “Pomegranates with Sumac leaves”

  1. Tauna Cole Dorn says:

    Beautiful Jean. Can’t believe this was in one session. How long? Were the linen panels already prepared or did you stretch linen canvas around the panel?

    1. Jean Wilkey says:

      Thanks so much, Tauna. I can’t recall how long it took. I generally try to paint 5-6 hours minimum. But this may have been a bit longer. As you know, with Alla Prima the idea is to finish it at one sitting so the paint is done wet into wet. I used a RayMar #13 Claessens panel for this piece but I also have New Traditions panels. They are linen mounted on an archival backing board. Yummy! RayMar New Traditions

  2. OH Jean this is so appetising! I mean sumac and pomegranates for me are just blissful ingredients to cook together with middle eastern/ mediterranean combinations…. Yum.
    I too really love the colours – they’re so festive. I’m intrigued to read about your process too. Sounds fascinating.

    1. Jean Wilkey says:

      Thank you so much Helen. I love Sumac as well, especially for making Fattushia, one of my favorite middle eastern dishes. So yummy.

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