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Berries Mixed Medley


BERRY WITH ME

 

Berries Mixed Medley

I have illustrated fruit for over thirty years. For this post, I’m sharing berries. Some of these illustrations were used to indicate berry flavor on labels for yogurt, juice, liqueur, sorbet and vitamins. I have so many illustrations of fruit that I’ve already had separate posts on strawberries and blueberries. These are some of the remaining illustrations that I wanted to share. Certainly within the raspberry family – there are many color variations of color.

Stylized Fruit

Although much of my work is realistic, there are many different ways to illustrate fruit. On the painting above, I was specifically asked to illustrate a medley of fruit in a “Renaissance” style. The leaves had to be painted with certain colors and the lighting did not have any reflected light on the edges of the fruit.

Stylized Fruit close-up

Stylized Fruit close-up 2

I enjoyed replicating different styles to please my clients. Below are more of my illustrations and I have included some close ups.

Yogurt carton Raspberry Raspberry Final Raspberry 2 Raspberry Raspberries Three Raspberries Large Group Raspberries Four Marion Berry Marion Berry Final Cranberry Branch Curved Cranberries with Twig & Leaves Blackberry pair Black Currents Berry Patch Berries CroppedWegmans labels Northland labels

Some of these paintings were rendered with markers and colored pencils. Others were created with watercolor dyes. I have a blog where I describe my technique and have a lot more information. It is at: 

http://foodartist.wordpress.com

© 2013 by Judy Unger, http://www.myjourneysinsight.com and 20 Lines A Day. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Judy Unger with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

 


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FEELING PEACHY

              Peaches-Horizontal Group             

For over thirty years, I’ve illustrated food. I loved the challenge of rendering fruit; each variety had beautiful colors and textures to capture.

Peach Fuzz

With peaches, I always used an opaque medium (usually colored pencil) for the reflected light at the edges of the fruit. This gave the impression of “fuzz” because opaque mediums have a bluish cast.

This was one of my earliest jobs of my career. The fruit is very stylized here.

This was one of my earliest jobs of my career. The fruit is very stylized here.

Rousseau FruitThe illustrations I am sharing below were used on labels to indicate peach flavor for bath soap, baby food, sour candy, tea, yogurt, beverages, jam, wine cooler and sorbet.

Peach and half Peaches Two Peach Group with Pit Peach Branch Peaches Cropped Peaches and wedges

This illustration is currently on jars of Beechnut Baby Food.

This illustration is currently on jars of Beechnut Baby Food.

Peach & Candy SplashPeach Juicy Peach Group Peach with Stem

Just for fun, I’ve included some other fruit images in addition to peaches on labels groupings.

A marker layout in progress.

A marker layout in progress.

Before creating my final painting, I always provided sketches to my clients.

Before creating my final painting, I always provided sketches to my clients.

Peach Tea

This was a recent illustration.

This was a recent illustration.

Peaches VerticalRemarkable LabelsPeach Frame
Randall's Jams 6Peaches, Strawberries, and Blueberries

These paintings were rendered with markers, colored pencils and/or watercolor dyes. My motto is “whatever works.” I have a blog where I describe my technique and have a lot more information. It is at: 

http://foodartist.wordpress.com

© 2013 by Judy Unger, http://www.myjourneysinsight.com and 20 Lines A Day. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Judy Unger with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

 


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STRAWBERRIES

Strawberries three

For over thirty years, I’ve illustrated food. I loved the challenge of rendering fruit; each variety had beautiful colors and textures to capture. With strawberries, I learned how to replicate the pattern of tiny hives crisscrossing each berry. They looked more realistic when I painted shadows and highlights around each hive.Hives

The illustrations I am sharing below were used on labels to indicate the strawberry flavor for yogurt, juice, jam, milk, liqueur and sorbet. I’ve included some close-ups.Strawberry

Painting a splash was probably one of the hardest things I've illustrated.

Painting a splash was probably one of the hardest things I’ve illustrated.

Strawberry leaf close up strawberry group Strawberry close up Strawberries Wet Strawberries Vertical Strawberries Hanging

This illustration was early in my career, before I learned better techniques for capturing the strawberry texture.

This illustration was early in my career, before I learned better techniques for capturing the strawberry texture.

Strawberries and Leaves

The strawberries here were supposed to be simpler and less realistic. This was used on a liquid bath soap label.

The strawberries here were supposed to be simpler and less realistic. This was used on a liquid bath soap label.

 

Some of these paintings were rendered with markers and colored pencils and others were created with watercolor dyes. All of these paintings were done before Photoshop existed. I have a blog where I describe my technique and have a lot more information. It is at: 

http://foodartist.wordpress.com

© 2013 by Judy Unger, http://www.myjourneysinsight.com and 20 Lines A Day. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Judy Unger with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

 


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Where Have I Been?

I’ve been gone for awhile, as I have begun a weight-loss program of healthy eating and regular cardio exercise and strength training. In two weeks I have lost 4.4 pounds, and although that is a small number, it’s just about right. My goal is to lose right around two pounds per week. I am using an online tracker to keep me honest. Daily I track all food and water (8 glasses a day) consumed, exercise, and weight.

I have a few things to say about all of this:

The scale each morning looks me in the eye.
I wonder whether I will smile or cry.
No longer do I order cherry pie,
but bread choice now is wheat or seeded rye.

I take my daily walk, enjoy the air.
This exercise has now become my fare.
I huff and puff. Sometimes I want to swear
at hills that laugh at me and mock. They dare

me with their grins of challenge. I refuse
to let them conquer me. My walking shoes
keep me on track, and I enjoy the views.
I like invigoration, not the blues.

More salad, vegetables and yummy fruit,
now yogurt, eggs and broccoli florets suit
me fine. Where is the chocolate? What a hoot –
all taste for it is gone. The point is moot:

I don’t need sweets to fill me up. The scale
shows numbers telling me: Succeed or Fail.
I now anticipate its morning mail
to tell me where I am on the weight-loss trail.


I love Clams

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You know I live up here in New England. You see the beach photos I share. I have to tell you the seafood we have here,  has spoiled us.
When I was a little girl my parents always took me out for Fried Clams each March, as my birthday rolled around. We had it occasionally throughout the year as a whole family of six but more as a treat.

I was in my late 20’s though before having a Steamer.  It is a small clam that can be bought by the pound or bushel.  They are called Small Neck Clams, and you Steam them in a huge pot , well if you love them as much as I do,  you need a big pot!

When you are done steaming them they all open up their shells, the ones that stay closed need to be thrown away as…

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