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A Value Study

I’m taking an online art class with Karine Swenson, hosted by Carla Sonheim…  (Yes, I know I’m addicted to online art classes!)  This one is a little different for me as it is learning to slow down, observe and draw a subject of my choosing.

I chose a pear.  Sounds PEAR-fectly easy, doesn’t it?


I have done several sketches of this golden fruit and it is not as easy as it apPEARS!

These are some scribbly pencil studies I did yesterday:


The one with the added shadows is my pick of the crop!

Onto a value study with Conte crayons.  The first one looks a little like a leaning tower of PEARZA! Lol!  🙂

It really helps to look at a photo of what you are trying to draw – as I could SEE where I needed to make some corrections:


A little more balanced now… I still need to draw it MANY more times, PEARhaps!

The value study is to help me understand my subject better before I paint it.  I think I will try to paint in watercolors and acrylic next week.

Karine said that one of her teachers told her, “the subject doesn’t have to be perfect, just believable.”  Good advice.

Happy Monday!

Cheers! 🙂

Blueberries and Cherries

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! 🙂

An Unusual Pair

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!  🙂

A Dragon?

I was shopping at the grocery store and came across this interesting looking fruit…perhaps you’ve seen it:


It’s called a Dragon Fruit or Pitahaya.  According to Wikipedia, it is the fruit of several cactus species indigenous to the Americas.  This one came from Vietnam.

I saw it as an opportunity to draw and paint an unusual shape!

Here is my sketch with a black micron pen and a little watercolor:


The fruit is white with black seeds and slightly sweet:


I peeled off the outside pink skin and then sliced the flesh.  It was fun to try something new!

Have you ever had Dragon Fruit?  How do you prepare it?

Enjoy your day!  🙂

A Summer Fruit Haiku

I’m home from my vacation at the lake… It’s been a little difficult getting back into the swing of things after almost 2 weeks off so I’m posting late today.

Here is a page I did in my art journal:


The paper at the bottom is from a Gelli print on deli paper that I did at the lake.

In August, the local small farms near my home sell fresh vine-ripened peaches, nectarines, apricots and other produce.  I think it is my favorite “fruit” month!

Happy Creating!  🙂

Don’t Be A Crabapple

As a child, my older sister would often tell me, “Don’t be a cry baby!”

For some strange reason this is what came to my mind as I was painting these Crabapples…


Maybe it was because I was having a tough day.  😁

You know those days when you get paint everywhere but where you WANT it to go… Your clothes, the carpet, your hair, the cat’s hair (OK, I’m exaggerating a little).  Hehe!

And we got a new computer with Windows 10.  I had the “old” system all figured out.  Hmmm, does this mean I’m getting old?  😳

Now I need to find a new photo editing software for Windows 10.  Any ideas?!  😉

I did enjoy painting these Crabapples in watercolor.  And I added a few color pencils at the end.  I had some beautiful fall photos of my two Crabapple trees in my yard BUT I will have to save this for another day when I have time to play with the computer.   Let’s just say, thank goodness for my iPad!  😀

Happy Creating!  🎨😊

3 Wild Pears!

Remember my pear doodles?  If not, you see my beginning here.

Well, I got all three done recently:

Pear Doodle without shading

Don’t they look totally WILD!  🙂

I am “Pear-fectly pleased how they turned out!

I still want to do some shading with pencil to add to their dimension but I was so excited to get them done, I had to show you!

I thought you might enjoy seeing my favorite paper that I like for creating my doodles:

my favorite doodle paper

It comes in different sizes and I think you can get it cheaper at Dick Blick online.  I got this one at my local art supply store.

The pens I used for this doodle are Zig Writer and Micron.

I would love to know what you think about it!

Happy Creating!  🙂

I Need to Pare Down

OK, I’m back to pears… here is a red and yellow one:

red and yellow pear photo

I decided to draw them with a black pen and color them in primary colors – with water soluble OIL pastels:

a pare of pears

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!  🙂

Fruitful Patterns

Remember the watercolor I posted on Tuesday of a pear and apple?

Well, I wasn’t totally thrilled with it… so I decided to experiment and add some color pencils to it.   Using my Prismacolor pencils, I added different colors in a basket weave pattern:

pear and apple with basket weave

I finished it by adding more patterns for the shadows of the fruit and squiggles (a very technical term, lol) to the bottom half of the painting:

completed pear and apple

I really like how this turned out!  What do you think?!  I’d love to hear from you!  🙂

Happy Experimenting!  :-)))

Fall Fruit

I decided to pick some fall fruit for a watercolor still life:

Pear and apple photo

So I chose a pear and an apple!

Here is the first layer of paint:

1st layer of paint

The apple looks a bit like a tomato…

So I added more paint:

Layer 2

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:

completed fruit

Not my best work… but the pear was really good for dinner on a spinach salad!

Happy Painting or Eating!  :-)))