Veggie breakthrough

Today i had a breakthrough in the studio. Something clicked in my brain regarding making a full puddle of JUICY pigment and learning more of how to control it. I wasn’t using enough pigment and once I did that, and kept in the zone, I had more success.  Not overly happy with the shadow at all, and that’s one of my favorite parts of the initial painting in the book, but I think the rest turned out pretty ok.  more over I had a great time doing it!

veggie still life

painting from Dawn McLeon Heim’s book on step by step realistic painting

I didn’t have the same greens she did, so mine reacted differently and I decided to not use the meticulous drawings that the author has to enlarge and put on the paper. so I’m freehand drawing and using her colors and steps as a guideline. much happier this way. I bought some of my own produce, so I’m off to set up one or two and see how it works flying solo. Wish me luck!

p.s. one thing I’m not happy with is that I can’t get the photograph to reflect the real purple of the eggplant. It has bluish areas on the top but it really IS purple in real life…something I’ll have to research unless one of you knows the answer??

The last bouquet

I had to take two, maybe three days off from painting bc of the end of school flurry of activities in PTA and in the kids’ lives, so today came back to the partially completed work and finished it. The flower detail is a bit of guesswork because the real flowers are droopy and shriveling. I do like that i got the darkest darks next to lightest light, and have detail there and bot in rest of bouquet. I think the first pitcher, see prev post, is mote spontaneous and liquid but i like this handle. If only one could pick and choose parts!


2 and 3

So i worked on this bouquet two more times, once w soft wet in wet wash laid down first, the second without. Not sure what i think do i am setting them aside until tomorrow.



Farmer’s Market

The Farmer’s Market had its inaugural day yesterday, and I came home with lovely flowers and herbs, and various squash and onions. So here are two quick “takes” on the subject.

Which do you like better?

I’m not totally pleased with either one, but I AM pleased that I’m back watercoloring!

Lesson well learned

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This piece will fall into the “lessons learned” category. To see the full story, click on my picasaweb album and start at this photo of the setup. and here’s a sketch done after the fact of the shallow pottery piece, one of the things that caused me trouble in this piece that is the first of many in a pile called “Lessons Learned”.

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I’m posting the photos to show the progress and explain what I learned, and because as I improve, these pieces for the pile or bin, as my British friend says, will decrease!


After the second attempt, I’m a bit happier with this painting.

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Click on the link above if you dare to see the first version

In thinking about it (and watching a Charles Reid video) my paint on my palette is way too watery, so I’m overworking it rather than putting down nice juicy color and allowing it to blend. so that’s something to definitely work on!

Painting/sketching three days in a row!

So far so good for the new year! I’m proud of myself that I’ve sketched and painted each day so far. This is a kabocha squash with a Van Briggle pottery pitcher. While there are parts of it I don’t care for (the top of the pitcher, for one) I’m fairly happy with it.

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I started sketching a beautiful little wooden pot with tricky (for me) lid, shown here with my three attempts below.

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Then I decided to take a photo, make it black and white and print it out large, grid it and make a grid in my sketchbook and see what I’d done wrong. I learned a lot!

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Then I got brave and transferred it to a piece of WC and started painting it. midway, I hated it, but now I think it’s ok. I really like the lid. What do you think?

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OK, here’s an amendment to my note. I’m on the yahoo group Watercolor Workshop and posted it there, and Sue D from there commented on the shadow. and yikes, she’s right! I remember the brown of the bottom rim flowing into the purple, and I thought I was just so smart in quickly blotting it out, but I blotted out the start of the shadow as well! duh. Anyway, turns out that color is easy to lift, I’d read that in painting books, but nothing like real life experience to bring it on home to me, and i was able to reinstate the shadow:

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