Saturday, June 5, 2010

Gourd Harvest

Gourd Harvest
Watercolor 11" x 15" Mats to 16" x 20"

The watercolor above, Gourd Harvest, was an interesting still life to paint - with both challenging areas and easy ones.    

The Challenging Areas:
Painting the water-filled pitcher was the challenge.    Actually, the water was not painted at all, only the reflection of the items in the water.  The glass pitcher was painted by only painting the shadows and highlights. 

The Easy Areas:
Painting the gourds were fun.  One of the reasons that I love watercolor is the ability to blend colors seamlessly.  The gourds were based painted in the lightest shade of the gourd, then washes of darker colors were applied and allow to dry. 

Watercolor Tip:
Don't forget to paint the reflections/shadows of the gourds and pitcher.

Happy Painting!

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