What did you do this last weekend?
I got caught up on two online class videos on Saturday and started two pear paintings. I used a limited palette in watercolors and found this to be a challenging exercise using only complementary colors…
My first one was using yellow and purple:
And my second color PEAR-ing was orange and blue:
I struggled getting the affect I wanted or maybe I was trying to hard to be PEAR-fect!
Does this ever happen to you?
After MANY layers, I decided to quit and eat my pear for a snack! Lol! 😉
I got caught up on some housework on Sunday and made a delicious Chicken Tortilla Soup in the crock pot. Overall, I’d say I had a pretty great weekend.
How about you?
Posted in Art, color experiments, Food, Painting, Still Life, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Word Play
Tagged color experiments, learning, online art classes, painting, pear, watercolor, weekends, word play
I love summer when the berries and cherries are ripe for picking!
We had such a wet Spring that I had the best crop of blueberries in my yard! Of course I had to paint them with my new set of Rembrandt watercolor paints! 🙂
I made a light pencil sketch first and then painted wet into wet. I added sketchy details with a micron black pen after the watercolor had dried. It is more abstract than realistic but I like it.
Pie cherries were ripe at the lake last weekend in the neighbor’s yard – these are sour cherries – not good for eating off the tree but delish for pies, that is if the Robins don’t eat them first!
I picked a few to paint in my art journal:
I love those bright reds, don’t you?!
It was super fun to experiment in different painting styles.
Do you have a favorite summer fruit? I hope you share it with me!
Happy Summer! Cheers! 🙂
Posted in #worldwatercolormonth, Abstract Art, Art Journal, Drawing, Lake, nature, Still Life, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged #worldwatercolormonth, art journal, blueberries, cherries, creative play, experiment, fruit, ink pen, inspiration, nature, painting outdoors, painting styles, Rembrandt watercolors, summer, the lake, watercolor
I wanted to try yesterday’s technique – the crayon resist on Yupo paper. In case you aren’t familiar with Yupo, it is a plastic surface – polypropylene to be exact. Watercolor doesn’t soak into the surface and sits on top.
I started with quick drawing using crayons and covered them with water soluble markers. I knew if I used a damp paper towel over it, it would remove color so I chose a dry one which basically just softened the crayons and didn’t add much interest. I decided to try watercolors on top as you can see on the drawing below on the right:
I discovered that I could add texture with a paper towel if the area was still wet. So I stamped my background with a clean foam stamp to create more interest.
After the watercolor dried, I decided to add Neocolors – which are a water soluble crayon.
And another layer of watercolor to add some shadows and create depth:
I really like how interesting this turned out. I want to continue to experiment in this medium.
Posted in Mixed Media, Still Life, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Wine
Tagged color play, crayon resist, drawing, experiment, mixed media art, Neocolor II, still life, Tombow markers, water soluble crayons, watercolor, wine, Yupo
I found this Persimmon at the grocery store last week and I have been wanting to paint it. I haven’t tasted it yet but I’ve read it tastes a little like a mango.
I decided to paint it in watercolor with this blushing pear. They do make an unusual pair don’t you think?
I added a few watercolor pencils to finish it.
Wishing you a happy day! 🙂
Posted in Food, Still Life, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged art journal, daily practice, drawing, fruit, painting, sketchbook, still life, watercolor, watercolor pencils
OK, I’m back to pears… here is a red and yellow one:
I decided to draw them with a black pen and color them in primary colors – with water soluble OIL pastels:
I over emphasized the shadows this time (thanks Charlie for the tip!) which helped give them shape.
As I was picking up my house today, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the “stuff” I have accumulated. I really need to “pare” down! 🙂
So I decided to help motivate myself, I need to make it fun – like the laundry post I did last week, which you can see here. My goal is to write a weekly post about my progress in a creative way. Maybe you will have some creative solutions to share too!
Happy Creating! 🙂
Posted in Mixed Media, Still Life
Tagged abstract, Art, clutter, color, creative solutions, drawing, fruit, fun, goals, mixed media, motivation, oil pastels, pears, word play
I decided to pick some fall fruit for a watercolor still life:
So I chose a pear and an apple!
Here is the first layer of paint:
The apple looks a bit like a tomato…
So I added more paint:
Pretty frustrated with the apple… maybe I should take a bite out of it and be done with it! LOL!
So I added some shadows and background and overworked my fruit a bit more:
Not my best work… but the pear was really good for dinner on a spinach salad!
Happy Painting or Eating! :-)))
Posted in Still Life, Watercolor
Tagged apple, Art, color, drawing, fall, fruit, painting, pear, still life, watercolor