Pear Play!

5:25 AM

I've had these lovely pears sitting up on the counter for nearly a week now, patiently waiting for the tickle of the brush...

Handbook • Watercolor • Journal
Watercolor
3.5 x 8.5 inches
This was done in much the same way as the leaves in this post. I wanted them loose and easy. No pencil was used in either sketch. In the sketch above, I rendered the shape of all three pears as one shape. Once the wash was dry, I went back and added further washes to break the shape into separate pieces of fruit. Shading and shadows were added last.
Handbook • Watercolor • Journal
Watercolor
3.5 x 8.5 inches
I decided to have another go on the next page. Here, I painted the dark form shapes in one wash of Holbein's Mineral Violet. After that dried, I went back and added the various yellows, golds, reds, and browns. Last, I add a bit more shading to the fruit and to the table top. A couple of interesting notes I made to myself on this was that I was surprised to see how much I not only tightened up on the second sketch, but also decreased the size of the sketch.

After noticing the differences, I realized that I had not been sure how well the mineral violet would work out as the shadow color, let alone with the other colors added over it. Those "concerns" about whether or not I would succeed played a role in my decision making (to paint small) without me even being aware of it!

What might you be doing that holds you back?

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