Thursday, July 28, 2016

One More Pear

This pear was almost deemed 'spoiled' and tossed in the garbage.  I find it a challenge to add the various layers of color without picking up some of the previous layers.  Even when completely dry, the watercolor can re-activate and lift with brushing and blending.  But I didn't give up and managed to recover the shape and tone with additional careful layering.  Now it is one of my favorites!  It puts the first one to shame but you can see how much improvement can be gained with persistence and practice.

Joy and blessings,

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Another Pear to Share

Still practicing my pears and I think this one is an improvement.  A little more life-like, a little more texture.  I have a tendency to over perfect and nothing in life is perfect. A few scabs, spots and uneven textures add to the character of a thing.

Joy and blessings,

Monday, July 25, 2016

Month of Martha

I've been busy enjoying grandkids' ball games, flower gardening, a couple of trips and just summer in general. With all of the rain we've had, I've also been very busy weeding!  But not too busy to squeeze in some art time. Creative Workshops is having a 'Christmas in July' sale on their online workshops so I signed up for a couple (ok, maybe a few) more of Martha Lever's courses.  I really enjoy her style, generosity in sharing and joyful personality.  Here is a little 'Monday morning masterpiece' inspired by her Pear-ology class.
I was a little hesitant to spend the money to learn to paint pears but trusted that Martha would have some gems I could use.  She did not disappoint.  She shares some wonderful information on layering and blending watercolor, as well as, some fun ways to make watercolor backgrounds more interesting.  Lots of insight on making the subject pop and giving it luminosity.

It looks even better in pear-son!

Joy and blessings,