Day 12 of 30 in 30 — Two plus one

Two plus one. Two peaches and one nectarine.8 x 10 watercolor. $25.

Two plus one. Two peaches and one nectarine.8 x 10 watercolor. $25.

Today’s offering is summer fruit, specifically two peaches and one nectarine. My goal was to show the texture and difference between the fruit. Can you tell which is which?  I will post this near the bottom.

This painting was wet in wet in layers, letting the paper dry between.  I don’t think I was patient enough in the layers and have lots of bleeding that I didn’t intend, which changed the shape of the one on the left in particular, but again, live and learn!  that’s why I’m doing the daily painting challenge.

Another benefit of the challenge is that I just dive in.  I don’t dither over the background, I don’t have the time frankly!  so it makes me try different things, that may or not be successful, but I make a decision, take the steps to complete it, and then check the results…

The nectarine is on the far right.   I painted it with sharper edges to make its surface appear shinier.  did it work?  after all, painting is taking 2D and tricking the eye to be 3D with texture, light, form and shadow…  it’s a very fun journey…glad you’re along for the ride….

How do you value a peach?

Well, I value them a LOT, they’re one of my favorite fruits, and have great memories to my childhood when my mom would buy a bushel or two and they’d be ripening on the warm enclosed back porch before she canned them. I’d always sneak, oh one or two…ok, a dozen or two! I loved them.

So the piece I’m working on is a study for a larger piece, this one is 12″ x 12″. I cut up strips sewn together, arranged differently, and cut shapes of peaches also from strips. Then I started laying out, took a black and white photo and realized there were all medium with some light values. yuck.

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This is the monochrome view of the piece. Boring!

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I decided I needed more darks to make the mediums and lovely white shading on the fuzzy peaches pop out. I took a tone on tone velvet shirt remnant and cut out some shapes with a kind of shadow appearance:

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and the monochrome:

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Aren’t the darks beautiful? But I still wasn’t happy with the composition although I was hitting the “sweet spots” of dividing the piece into 9 sections. So this a.m. came up with this which may be close to the final version:

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and it’s monochrome versionL

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My purpose in the peach shapes that are of the background is to stitch them down with FME so they keep the viewers’ eye moving around the piece. we’ll see how I do!