Watermelon, 6x6" oil
The challenge this week at: http://www.dailypaintworks.com/Challenges was to paint from a photograph supplied by Carol Marine... and to paint it upside-down! Great exercise for tricking the brain into seeing what really is instead of what it thinks it knows. I used the same technique with a portrait this week and it helped me line up the features.
Carol's reference photo had a turquoise background which I toned down by using ultramarine blue instead. Not that I have anything against turquoise, but recently had a bad experience using it for a background in another painting. It's a strong color and tends to take over. Love just a touch of turquoise as an accent though.