Rolling along with the first annual World Watercolor Month! I hope you all are enjoying the watercolor artwork here and elsewhere. This is roughly 8 x 5″ on Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed paper:
I can’t seem to resist bringing an abstract aspect to my paintings, so here you have my abstract-ish pear, and I hope you enjoy. I went into this monthly challenge a bit on the nervous side, as I had got used to the warm wading pool of acrylic work, where it is oh so easy to cover up mistakes. Not as easy in watercolor, but I’m going with the flow so far. I sketched this little pear from life, and it was actually leaning toward me on the table, as sometimes pears do, but looking at this again from a compositional standpoint, I kind of wish I had drawn him a bit flatter. He definitely wasn’t standing on one tippy-toe, as he appears to be here. hehe.
Some notes from my third painting of (hopefully) 31 this month:
- I really enjoyed the wet into wet aspects of this painting, both in the background and in the colors of the pear itself. It’s why I fell in love with watercolor nearly two years ago now, and I love to be able to incorporate it into my work in a realistic sense. When it works, which I think it did here, in the pear itself anyhow.
- I found out M. Graham permanent green and azo yellow combine to make that beautiful light green that I really love about this little painting. Winsor red and Winsor orange helped me out in the base of the pear, along with a little M. Graham burnt sienna. I believe Graham Prussian blue and phthalo blue played the background roles.
- I don’t want to jinx myself, but I’m surprisingly enjoying this watercolor excursion so far.
- I painted my first pear last July (when I coincidentally did my own challenge to paint in watercolor every day that month) at this link – and this one is my second pear, lol. I don’t usually paint food, or objects, as I prefer living things. But a pear is the fruit of a living thing, so there you are. I thought I would prefer this second pear, but not sure about that, after looking back! Is the first one better? Wait, don’t tell me. 🙂
- Good paper makes a huge difference in watercolor. 140 lb. paper buckles no matter how high the quality is, when you paint wet into wet, as I like to do. Arches is still a really nice experience though. But 300 lb. Arches paper is wonderful. It is like painting on thick, velvety cardboard. It is much easier to make a painting look good, especially as a beginner, with 300 lb. paper. It is expensive, but it’s one of those things (like Golden acrylic paint) that is worth the extra money to me. I want to thank Jodi for trying it and sharing her lovely results, because she is the reason I decided to try it for myself. She is also the reason I abandoned Strathmore watercolor cards and went to Arches 140 lb. Thank you, Jodi! (Note: As a Blick Art Materials affiliate, purchases from these links help to support my site. Enjoy, and thank you!)
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I’m planning to sketch some of Hub’s flowers from life today. So stay tuned for more watercolor happiness as we join Charlie for World Watercolor Month! Enjoy your Sunday, and thanks for stopping by and sharing the love. ❤