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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Another Pair


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...
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11 comments:

steviewren said...

Both pairs are beautiful, your pair of pears and your pair of pomegranates. I see what you mean about painting the same subject matter until you begin to see new things in it. Lovely series.

soulbrush said...

fantastic, i haven't been to visit for a while and love your pears too.'a pair of pears', so is that a 'poem of pomegranates'.

Diahn said...

LOVE these poms. Wow - the red is fantastic, especially up against that blue in the background. The colors seem really rich - is that the Aquaboard, or just my monitor?

Lin said...

ABSOLUTELY LUSCIOUS!!!! When I grow up I want to paint like you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Teri C said...

That red is so rich and lucious!! Wowie!!

Linda said...

thank you all! The colors do seem to be richer on the Aquaboard. I suspect that it is the way the pigment sits on the surface, and then the board's texture makes it even a bit more vibrant. And Diahn ... it could be your monitor ...
:-D

Marilyn said...

These are beautiful as are the pears. I particularly like the variations of red here that play with the shadows and the little touch splatter!

Toni said...

Linda these look delicious. I'll have to try this aqua board sometime.

Loving your painting technique. So rich and full of texture.

caseytoussaint said...

I really love this, Linda! The colors are marvelous, and so is your watercolor technique - it seems looser than I remembered (?)
I'd love to try aquaboard - I'll have to see if it's available in France. Also really enjoyed your discussion about working in a series. I think I'll need to join you on that!

Jennifer Lawson said...

These are just fabulous. I love the deep red and great background.

freebird said...

I love this painting and the pear painting. They are gorgeous. They'd look wonderful in my kitchen!