Thursday, April 17, 2014

Watercolor Lemons

Art of the garden is my first love, and it is here that I always find the most peace and flow.  There is no doubt that I am spending more and more time focusing in on floral/botanical/nature art.

I don't always have the time to be patient, so I have been doing some quick, more stylized watercolor sketches of fruit on the branch.  This week it's lemons in my Stillman & Birn "Zeta" Series Sketchbook using Sennelier L'aquarelle Artists Watercolors.

A simple pencil sketch started this page, blocking in the main shapes.  The colors were layered from lightest to darkest, maintaining values in the same color families and keeping the mixes very simple.

Up close, you can see a mish-mash of texture and brush strokes, but viewed from a distance, you can actually get a sense of the roundness of the fruit.  

Saving white spaces and maintaining highlights helps here. 

This was worked from a photograph as it's a little early for fruit to be making an appearance in my neck of the woods.

I am so looking forward to capturing more beauty from the garden in this way. 

Thanks for checking in. xx

(Linking to Paint Party Friday)
(Linking to Art Journal Every Day)
(Linking to Artists Play Room)