Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Fabric backgrounds

A slightly more complicated still life in 20 minutes was my plan tonight. Watercolor, water soluble pencil and crayon, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" (no pencil sketch - why bother?). I think cloth backgrounds add a lot of visual interest, and folds of fabric can be challenging to render, but I like that challenge. Through the two months so far of this experiment I have found (with frustration) that watercolor paint does not fully dry in 20 minutes time! I used that to my advantage with the wet-in-wet colors of the pear itself, and out of necessity blotted several wet edges before adding pencil details. The best thing about food as an art subject? Not only is it fun to paint, it's even better to eat.

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