In order to make the concentric rings sharp, I used an exacto knife to score the paper.

Since I painted an onion, I felt compelled to do a tomato after that.

I continue to take stock of my life and my art. I began painting new images for fun last summer and tell that story with #57 TAKING STOCK OF ART AND MY LIFE – PART 1.

This is the first time in my career where I’ve been prolifically creating new art for my own purposes. Since last July, I’ve painted over fifty illustrations.

I’m also excited to share that DPI Magazine will be featuring my work for a second time. My post, #54 INTERVIEW WITH A FOOD ARTIST, will soon have a part two!

Recently, I moved 80% of my stock images from Getty to a partner company named iStock. This is advantageous, because now my work will be in two places. I’ll hope in time to see results.

My iStock images can be seen here: Judy Unger iStock

I have noticed that my recent paintings are “branching” into the fine art realm. I am enjoying garden and nature scenes, but the time involved with filling every inch of my painting doesn’t escape me.

Currently, I’m painting some camellias and am excited to share my painting in progress. I will probably finish it later this week.

I continue to paint new images for my stock library. A few of them I’ve already shared on prior posts. But since persimmons didn’t quite go with a post about apples, I have grouped them here. I will also indicate which images are digital combinations.

Now I’ll just let my images tell the story.

The advantage as an artist is that I am able to remove the brown blemished areas. This is my photo for reference.

I love the brilliance and translucence of that particular water drop resting on the highlight area.

These two berry paintings were originally for a job assignment. When the job was cancelled mid-stream, I went ahead and painted the illustrations anyway.

Having access to a tree with leaves and fruit was very helpful for me. I went ahead to put the autumn brown touches on the leaves, which added to the realism.

I love closeups, because they share the texture. The lighter spots were created by using liquid frisket masking fluid and a toothbrush, as well as a toothpick.

Believe it or not, I actually found myself eating pomegranates while illustrating them. The homegrown fruit was quite delicious!

It seemed strange to have blue reflections on these red seeds, but it added to the realism that way.

The decision to paint a shadow is sometimes a quandary for me. That is why I’ll create an alternate stock version without a shadow.

This was another digital version I created.

This texture required masking with liquid frisket.

This was another digital version I created by removing the yellow squash.

It has been interesting for me to create new medleys by combining many paintings.

I share another digital combination.

I surprised myself by doing another avocado illustration. I have my first one on Part 1 of this post.

The interplay of warm and cool was fascinating for me. The opaque highlight adds coolness.

A stock image, incorporating my new whole avocado with my prior cut half.

About Judy

I'm an illustrator by profession. At this juncture in my life, I am pursuing my dream of writing and composing music. Every day of my life is precious!
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  1. Judy says:

    Reblogged this on myjourneysinsight and commented:

    I am so thankful that I have found such an enjoyable way to keep busy during the pandemic. I treasure all of my new paintings and plan to continue painting new ones.


  2. K E Garland says:

    Very nice Judy! And YAY for the iStock connection. That should be very useful.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Judy says:

      Thanks, Katherin. We shall see. I’ll be honest here – I had no idea the prices on there were so low. On Getty the same image is $499 and on iStock it is $20.
      I was a bit upset when I saw it because I moved onto it because of a higher royalty rate. But that doesn’t make a difference if my works are sold so cheaply.
      It’s always a lesson when we try something new!

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      • kegarland says:

        Eek! That is a huge difference. I wanna be optimistic though because I’ve used both…I’m thinking you may have seen more $$ from Getty because it’s used by so many business outlets, while iStock is more accessible to the public, so maybe (fingers crossed) you’ll sell more images to a larger number of people?

        Either way, I’m hoping for the best outcome ❤

        Liked by 1 person

      • Judy says:

        So am I! I’ll let you know. 🙂


  3. Alicia Viramolntes says:

    Hi Judy,

    Oh my gosh, what joy you must experience to create such beauty. You are so GIFTED! How wonderful it must feel to create such work of absolute beauty. Your work blows me away.


    Liked by 1 person

    • Judy says:

      Alicia, what a lovely surprise – thank you so much! I am smiling from ear to ear and appreciate that you took the time to write. Your words mean so much to me.


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