Persimmon Passion – Karen Winters Daily Painting

Persimmon Passion 5 x 7 oil

Painted from life and still soaking wet. That’s why you’ll see little shimmery dots in the photo of the room light bouncing off the paint. With Descanso and the Redlands show behind me, I’m busy again getting ready for the art walk in our neighboring town of Montrose.

Painting still lives is a very relaxing discipline. They don’t move and under room light I don’t even have to worry about the sun disappearing behind the clouds. I like to paint them alla prima, wet into wet, all in one sitting. Our son tells us that persimmons are very delicious but I never eat them, I just paint them until they start to look old and then, unfortunately, they’re too old to eat also. Maybe next time I should get some to paint and some to munch. Just for fun I took a picture of my setup. The painting looks huge but it’s only because I’m close. It’s only 5 x 7 really. I have it in a cardboard box to eliminate exterior light so that the “key” light, coming from the upper right, is the only one that is consistent.

This was painted primarily with cadmium orange, cadmium red, sap green, a little ultramarine blue and white.


  1. Wendee
    October 29, 2007

    You get them to paint but never eat them? Goodness… Call me the next time you’re painting persimmons and I’ll come and munch and watch you paint! LOL! Love the painting. The shadows are especially lovely, too. hugs! -W

  2. Karen
    October 29, 2007

    You will have to advise me on this, Wendee … do I wait until they get soft like avocados or peaches – or eat them crispy like an apple? I can tell this will be a very big moment as I get my first taste!

  3. Felicity
    October 30, 2007

    Lovely lighting and composition!

  4. Nancy
    October 30, 2007

    I love this painting. The composition, the color… it is all very pleasing to me.

    Thank you for sharing the box set-up you use.

  5. Genine
    October 30, 2007

    This is wonderful. I love the lighting!

  6. wendy
    October 30, 2007

    Persimmons are such strange fruit. I had never actually seen one until recently and they taste fine. Lovely to paint of course. The trees apparently look stunning with bare purple branches and brightly coloured fruit. They don’t seem to grown in Geelong.

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