Saturday, December 29, 2007

Pear Up

I've got pears on the brain the last couple of days. I don't really know why, except I'm officially tired of drawing Christmas stuff. We finished taking all the decorations down today, with the exception of the outside icicle lights, which will come down on New Year's Day. As much as I love it, I'm always glad to get my house back.

I have a set of decorative pears that I bought at Target a while back - YES they are fake, but they can sit out and the dogs don't try to eat them or anything. Ben did try to make one into a cat toy yesterday, so I picked it up and drew it instead. I had some 140 lb watercolor paper (cold press) torn into ATC sizes leftover from a project, so I used it. My Lyra Aquacolor crayons were nearby on the kitchen table, so that's what I used to paint it.

Today I cleared the sewing stuff off my studio table and got out some larger sheets of watercolor paper to play with. I grabbed the pear from the ottoman and brought it upstairs. I first tried a little acrylic ink, which got way too wacky on me, although I almost like it.

And then I grabbed the Aquacolors again for the last one - I used a little too much water and the shadow ran off with my pear color, but I kind of like the background-free design of it.

There's more to come, soon, I hope. I've been out of the studio way too long and it is showing. My drawing skills have done well over the month of December, but really handling paint has kind of escaped me.

I'm thinking of my 2008 goals, and I'll get them posted as soon as I run them by Linda. We'll meet up on January 1 to get them on paper. It's so nice to have an art buddy.