Okay, I know it’s a cheesy title, but this is about fruits. More specifically, it’s about pears. This is the first post in this blog so I wanted to describe the pear picture that I have in my header. I love painting pears almost as much as I love eating them (they are so delicious!). They are knobby and pitted and beautifully imperfect. Capturing the imperfections, for me, is what makes a painting look real.
This watercolor painting was done on Arches cold press paper. I blocked out the pears and the wood with masking fluid and masking tape while I worked on the background. For the back ground, I painted blotches with my masking fluid. Then I added many layers of color beginning with a light wash of yellows and greens. I built up the color on the left with a couple layers of light paint. Then, I painted a thick layer of green on the left, and put some crinkled saran wrap on top. I left that to dry, removed the masking fluid in the background and added a couple more light layers of color. I worked on the board next, and I did the pears last. Both the board and pears were achieved with many light glazes of the watercolor. I hope you enjoy!