Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I figured something out when I bought these pomegranates. The uglier the fruit, the more interesting it is to paint. These are not the ones that you would buy if you were going to eat them. You'd think they'd give me a discount, but they don't.
This was done with watercolor on 6"x6" AquaBoard. It is TOTALLY different than paper. If you do watercolor and are looking for something a bit different, I would really recommend that you try it. The smaller boards aren't expensive (about 6.50 for a pack of 4) and the paint lifts off pretty easily. I would be interested in trying to scrub the board totally clean ... maybe on the next one.
Diahn talked the other day (in this post) about working in a series, and coincidentally, so have several other people, including Laura (who pointed us to Katherine Tyrrell's great post) . I guess I am in series mode, although I didn't really plan it that way. It's just that I'd committed to drawing every day (and painting counts), fruit is readily available, and you can position and reposition the same pieces over and over again. But I'm finding that portraying the same subject over and over helps one to begin looking past just drawing or rendering of the object in a way that makes it hopefully recognizable, and start to look at the way the surface temperature changes from warm to cool, how light reflects, how shadows behave. Plus, it kind of takes the pressure off, and that's always a good thing.
That being said, I think I'm going to play with a landscape tomorrow. Or maybe not. There are still pomegranates and pears sitting on the drawing table...