Creations, Painting Tomatoes

Let’s paint some tomatoes!

tomatoes in a black and white bowl

Painting tomatoes is as easy as 1-2-3

tomato glasses

It helps if you can look at some real tomatoes


Study the shapes and color variations, the stem ends and the highlights where the shapes catch the most light


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Step 1.  Load your brush.  Use a fat round brush like a #8.  You need red, orange, and yellow orange or yellow

tomato tutorial

Dip your brush in each color and then make a “C” shape.  The colors will mix as you stroke


Step 2.  Make a backwards “C ” leaving a opening at the top and bottom.  Reload brush with more red or one of the lighter colors to vary the strokes as you fill in the tomato with 2 or 3 more “C”s

tomatoes 3

Can you see the color variations?

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Step 3.   When the tomato is dry add a stem.  Use green and yellow and a smaller thin brush

tomato stem

tomato tutorial

Dip your brush in green, then yellow and make quick, short spikes, some curving out and some curving down.  Reload brush as necessary


And Voila! You have painted a tomato!

bloody mary glasses

The key to successful painting is don’t over work it!

Practice on scrap paper until you feel confident and use well placed strokes.   Step back and look at it, and even better walk away for a while.  When you return you will see where it might need one more touch or two, then leave it alone! Less is ultimately more~


The watercolor, “Cherry Tomatoes” [above] and Acrylic, “Summer Tomatoes in a Black and White Bowl” [below] are a little more complicated, but I used the same basic technique, building the shapes with layers of color

tomatoes in a black and white bowl

And if you don’t want to paint a tomato, you can always eat some!  How about a Stacked Tomato Salad

blt salad

or BLT Pesto Tartine

BLT pesto tartine

I don’t know about you, but all of a sudden I am craving tomatoes!

Note: These simple tomatoes would look great painted on a watering can or bucket, napkins or dish towels~Just remember to mix a little textile medium into your acrylic paint to keep it soft for cloth.  You can see more about that on Painting Sunflowers here

The next painting tutorial will be coming up soon, featuring pumpkins and witches!

Happy Creating!

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21 Responses to “Creations, Painting Tomatoes”
  1. Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    How fun! You make it look easy. I love your water color painting Jenna:@)

  2. Mary says:

    Jenna, Your paintings are beautiful! I have pumpkins on the brain and your painting technique would make adorable little pumpkins too, just like on my jar 🙂

  3. I am going to have to try these! I love it when you post painting tutorials. It will be fun to get back to painting and try this. My garage has been tooooooo hot!

  4. Liz Mackie says:

    Thank you. Nice paintings. Have a great day!

  5. laurie says:

    Jenna, you make it look so easy! I love tomatoes, and I love your paintings of them. Thank you for sharing your technique. laurie

  6. Elise says:

    What beautiful paintings! I have the tendency to overwork things- especially with watercolors. Its taken me a long time to overcome it, but you are so right. less is more!

  7. Beautiful! Perfect timing for an end of summer icon. All of your recipes look yummy!

  8. Miss Kitty says:

    Love, love,love your style of painting! Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us. I saw your post over at Metamorphosis Monday.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I adore the tomatoes painting! You da bomb.

  10. Mg says:

    I adore the tomatoes painting. You are the best!

  11. Debbee says:

    Oh my goodness, I jumped here from your tablescape. Those tomato glasses are to die for! I’m pinning this great tutorial and hope to try my hand at making some. You are very talented! Me, I’m just a good copier.

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