Tag Archives: pears

Exploring Landscape

I recently completed an online class from Anita Lehmann called, “Translating Landscapes.” The class was hosted by Carla Sonheim.  

I am still learning so much from this class!! Anita is a wonderful teacher.  She is also a licensed architect in Washington State.

Exploring the elements of design in landscape has helped me to SEE my subject in a different way.  I am learning to see more abstractly as “shapes.”

We warmed up with a favorite subject of mine, PEARS!  I enjoyed experimenting with a variety of art materials using the design elements on a 6 x 6 inch paper:

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Next, I applied the design elements to my photo from the lake:

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Here are my favorites from this exploration:

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“Motive” combines several design elements into one design.

If you’d like to learn more about Anita H Lehmann and view her art, please check out:  Anitahlehmannartist.com or ahldraws on Instagram.

Cheers! 🙂

Blushing Betty

With Thanksgiving here next week in the States, it is time to start planning the Turkey dinner!

I purchased this old Betty Crocker cookbook from a thrift store.  I use it for collage.  It is filled with stains and comments on the pages… it makes me wonder whose family enjoyed it. 😉

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I have been drawing a lot of pears lately so it seems fitting that a pear-shaped weird bird would appear…

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Blushing Betty is a variation of the photographed recipe above for Quick Brown Betty. 

I wonder is Betty blushing because she painted her toenails?

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

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?

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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:

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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:

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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! 🙂

Playing with Paint – Part 2

Yesterday, I showed you papers I painted with acrylic paints.  Today, I used them to make a collage.

First, I drew my design loosely with ink pen and then I added my papers:

wine bottle collage with papers

 

I really enjoyed making this picture and plan to make more of these collages.

Cheers!  🙂

A New Variety

I decided to try drawing with thread today:

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It is a pear stitched with variegated thread on black felt using my sewing machine.

As I started stitching it, I got the idea to try stitching deli-printed gelli prints over the felt.  The above pear is actually the back side of my experiment:

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Since I was using black as my background, I used yellow colored paper for my shadow.  It looks rather Halloweenie, don’t you think?!

This whole experiment started from my sketchbook this morning:

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As part of my assignment for week 2 with Cat Bennett for “Sketchbooks: Making Art A Practice.”   I loved how the lines looked for the blind contour.  I only looked at the pear and not my paper while I drew it.  This gave me the idea of stitching with thread.

I hope you aren’t tired of pears yet!  I found a list of 10 varieties in the USA online:  Green Anjou, Red Anjou, Bosc, Comice, Bartlett, Red Bartlett, Concorde, Seckel, Forelle and Starkrimson.  Some I had never heard of!

Happy Experimenting!  🙂

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!  🙂

Pear Chutney

Did you know that chutneys are of East Indian origin?  I love to make them for their mix of sweet and sour ingredients.

The October issue of Cooking Light magazine has a delicious looking “Pear Chutney” recipe that I’d like to try.  They suggest serving their recipe with the bread, naan.  I also like to serve chutneys with pork chops and chicken.  How about you?

I started creating this pear doodle recently:

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It reminds me a little of a chutney – a “mixture” of patterns and lines.

I like the shapes too.  The first one has a typical pear shape and looks rather “sweet.”  The next 2 pears add a little “spice.”  What do you think?

It is a work in process so I will post the completed piece when I get it done.

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:

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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!  🙂

A Pear-fect Treat

I seem to be thinking a lot about pears lately… so after I ate my one for dinner last night, I went to a local Farmer’s Market and bought 3 more!

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I needed to warm-up so I did 3 quick scribbly drawings with a ball-point pen to get the feel of their shape:

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Next, I decided to draw a contour of them like I was writing a haiku – with only 5, 7 and 5 lines for each pear shape.  I scribbled water-soluble (Neocolor 2) wax pastels in vibrant fall colors:

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And softened them with water:

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And finished with this written haiku:

Yellow blushing red                                                                                                              A juicy ripe pear-fect treat                                                                                           Sweet autumn harvest.

Have a happy day!  🙂