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!
6 thoughts on “Fruits of my labor”
That is SO beautiful! I really love everything about this painting.
Thank you so much!
THe pears are beautifully done… I thought it was an oil painting until I read the post….Those pears look luscious and juicy….
Love the pears, keep up the good work! I don’t know if i missed it somewhere but are watercolors your favourite?
Thank you. My favorite depends on my mood. Some weeks, watercolors are my favorite, and some weeks I love oils or acrylics the best.
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