Day 18 of 30 in 30 — Pinecones on Parade

Painting of pinecones

8″ x 10″ watercolor painting of pinecones connected to their branch, kind of like a straggly parade. $25

Sketch of the pinecone branch in pencil

Sketch of the pinecone branch in pencil

Today’s painting is from my huge collection of “cool nature stuff” that I mean to paint one day. Hmmm…perhaps that could be another theme in a 30 in 30 day challenge…anyway…This branch of pinecones has always amused me because each cone has its own character, some more ragged with sections of wind or water wear,  and they remind me of kindergarteners wandering along, still learning how to walk in a line. Pinecones on parade!

I started the painting with a light wet in wet area and then when it was dry, I went in with darker browns made from burnt umber/ quin burnt orange/ultramarine in various proportions.  I’m not sure I needed to darken the shadow area but it helped define it more.  I splattered paint by tapping a brush partly full of paint against my wrist in various places.

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11 thoughts on “Day 18 of 30 in 30 — Pinecones on Parade

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