Food art, Paintings, work in progress

Thyme in Acrylic

I continued on my theme of herbs for my next two paintings.

I’m not sure if I will keep it up or not, now. I thought I would make it into a whole series, but now I’m not so sure. Sometimes I get bored with the same thing over and over.

Who knows, I may come back to it in a few weeks. I feel like it’s a seasonal type of topic, and summer and gardening are only just beginning.

I have got to get my garden started. This week I plan on getting the soil turned and ready to plant. I want to transplant my strawberries to a different location, and hope they do better. OH! New picture idea! Strawberry plant! Yes! Stay tuned for that!

So, here is my reference photo:


I just took a screen shot of the best photo that I liked. Who knew there were so many different types of thyme? Well, different looking anyway. Some of them, the leaves seemed so complicated to draw. I wanted a slightly simple picture.


So there is my pencil sketch. I just drew it freehand right on the canvas board. I’m using a canvas panel again for this painting. I was thinking about changing to regular stretched canvas, but the basil piece is on a panel, so I wanted to keep it the same, especially if I’m going to end up doing more. They should be consistent.

Next, I lightened up my pencil lines and painted on the background. I tried to keep it the same colors as the basil painting. I think I did ok.


Isn’t my painting surface lovely? I just use these old cardboard scraps so I don’t get paint all over my drawing table. It’s still in pretty good shape, I want to keep it that way.

So, next I just started at the top and worked my way down the main stem.


I always think I might end up doing something a little more impressionistic than I end up with. The problem is that it’s just not my style. I adore those kind of paintings. I’ll have to do a post about them. I want to paint like that, but it’s just not me, and doesn’t work out how I think it should when I try. So, stick to my own style, that’s what makes it mine, anyway. Right? Right.

Next comes the next stem and leaves.


Honestly, at this point I was really getting sick of painting these little leaves. There was so many of them! I knew I needed to just stick it out though, and I’d be done soon enough.

There are certain projects that if I don’t finish them right away, I don’t want to return to them and finish! There are others that I can’t wait to finish! I don’t know what the difference is, I have yet to figure it out.


So. Close. To. Being. Done.

I can do it!


Finally it’s finished!



I’m not sure why it was such a struggle to finish this one. I really am happy with how it turned out. I even took a bunch of pictures for my Etsy shop, this is one of them. I’m slowly getting better with my photos. Every time I’ve redone them for the shop, I think they’ve gotten better. I like how this looks against the dark background, and I still managed to keep the cork that I love.

I’m going to link to my Etsy shop here:   I don’t have this listed yet, but it will be soon, so keep checking. I have it available as a printable piece of art, that you can download at home and print. I am going to post the actual original painting for sale though.

Hope you enjoyed all my step by step photos!

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