July project

I’ve decided to try and do a watercolor painting every day this month. Or at least, work on a larger project.

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I’m not gonna put too much pressure on myself, as we all know life happens, but this little sketch took about a half hour total, including drawing time.    I could’ve (and probably should’ve) devoted more energy to shading, but time didn’t allow.   Anyway, I think I can devote a half hour or so a day to improving my work in a medium I so enjoy.

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This loose kind of watercolor work calls me even more loudly….so, maybe I’ve fallen even harder for watercolor than before?   hehe.  We’ll see how this goes.  (Colors in pear:  cerulean, cad yellow, azo yellow, winsor orange, cad red hue, burnt sienna (I think); background:  cobalt blue, cobalt turquoise, ultramarine blue – virtually all M. Graham.).    I think the shadow is probably off, but when I painted, with my lighting, there actually was no shadow, so I had to imagine the light coming from the left, and do the best I could.  

For me and many of my American friends, tonight starts the weekend, because most businesses are closed tomorrow to celebrate Independence Day. I wish everyone who celebrates a safe and happy Fourth, and (of course) lots of purple paint puddles galore! Peace.

64 thoughts on “July project

    1. Thank you. I hope so. I think these kind of goals are good. I started drawing something every day in my art journal that I do at night …. vs just having fun in it….and I’ve seen my drawing skills improve. Well, anything will improve if you do it every day! So….here’s to improvement. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Richard! I really appreciate your visit & comment! I’ve never done a pear before, but now that I have, I can see why so many artists work with them. They have such interesting little shapes, colors, and nuances!

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  1. Oh Laura! Exquisite! I’ve been contemplating fruit and a pear specifically as I see so many beautiful ones. I love the white spaces you left and a little blue background makes it so stand out. The darkness at top and the stem and just that little bit of white you left – woohoo! rockin’ the watercolor girlfriend! Happy “Friday!”

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    1. Thanks, Jodi! I hope you do try a pear. I actually bought this specifically for painting, as we don’t like them, lol. But now that I’ve done this one, I can understand why artists enjoy pears as subjects. They have so many cool curves and colors. They are just so cute, too!! hehe!

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      1. Not at all cutie! Especially when I see the amazing artwork of the likes of you and Jill and Cynthia and others! Woa! I’m just playing around and not even in the same league! But thank you for your encouragement Artinista! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. It’s a great idea to draw/paint everyday and you will see the benefit of it… improvement will always follow (saying that… I feel with art I’ll always learn new things) Can’t wait to see what you get up to with the watercolours.. the pear is a great start and looks lovely.

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  2. The colors just pop. Clean and clear. You will learn a lot by doing a watercolor a day. There have been many times I have lined up the pears in a supermarket to see which ones will stand up best for a still life!

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  3. Love the colors in your pear! WOW! Loving your loose painting style, Laura! ๐Ÿ˜Š Your pear purchase reminds me of a variety of squashes I purchased last fall to paint! Then I kind of forgot about them… I noticed them the other day on a shelf. A bit moldy. Still might be fun to paint – hehe! Look forward to seeing more of your paintings! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŽจ

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    1. Wow, I’m blown away by the comments on this painting! Thank you so much! I still feel very much like I’m playing Russian roulette whenever I pick up a watercolor brush. Well, in a good way, but still….a chancy game! I never know if it will turn out. I guess the more I do it, the more sure I’ll be? But I still have so much to learn. Thank you so much for your kind comment!

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  4. This is beautiful, Laura!!! The progress youยดve made the last couple of days is so amazing, all your paintings are just wonderful. I mostly love the bright colors. The little orange in this pear makes it look so real! Way to go!!! Canยดt wait to see more!!! ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•

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    1. Hehe, thanks Ann! You already know my secret. I watch art videos every single day, but I never know when the lightbulb will go off. That man and the way he works is just sooo the way I wanna be painting. And I’m so glad it resonated with you too! He’s written tons of books. He’s my new idol. Joanne Boon Thomas is another. I do think it may be time for me to “shake my board, shake my board” again really soon! You did a terrific job with those poppies! My two attempts were just ok but I might be ready for another go now. Thanks for coming in and commenting! ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ

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  5. Looks great to me. I love watercolor. It’s one of the best mediums, to me. I still think shadow and light is difficult to capture in art, no matter how much I practice. The eyes play tricks on us. I’ve tried using black and white photos to see if that’d help me learn to discern the differences, and even then it’s difficult. The quick paintings are beautiful, fluid, and this one has a great mix of warm and cool. Loving it!

    Have a happy and safe holiday.

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  6. Beautiful, Laura. You’ve turned a dull old pear into something lovely. I do like how you take any old object to draw, even if it is a pear, or your foot!

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            1. Yeah, believe it or not! I am getting lots of mileage from it, though. I’ve been drawing it at night, in different mediums, in my journal, and I’m hoping to paint it again, maybe in a more complicated still life. I’m not sure still life is my thing, but the videos I’ve seen for Charles Reid are mainly for still life. I just got a book by him (through ILL) that’s all about painting flowers. So that should be helpful too.

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        1. Well, to be honest, I live and breathe art. lol! I don’t spend much time actually doing it, because life, you know. But I try and multi-task it in with other things. Like, I’ll listen to art videos in the shower and watch them while brushing my teeth, or making food, that kind of thing. I spend less than an hour a day painting, usually closer to 1/2 hour, which is part of what keeps me from something larger. And then when we’re winding down in front of the TV at night, I have my art journal down there. I’ve been drawing something every night in it for a few weeks. Actually trying to draw vs. just playing around. It’s definitely improved my drawing skills. This is what got me thinking what if I painted something every day. It’s just a bit more time-consuming, but … it’s amazing what happens when you do something every day – whatever that something happens to be.

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          1. It is amazing what you can create in just a few minutes, and that daily drawing is so helpful. I can notice a difference in my own art when I take the time to draw dailyโ€ฆ or even just sketch. You grow so much. You see things so much better.

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