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Monday, December 28, 2009

Red Apple with Green Grapes

Red Apple with Green Grapes
Original Watercolor on 300# Arches
7 x 81/2
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This is my latest watercolor effort. When I say Effort, it was a definitely an effort because of my paper choice. I ordered a 'sample' package of watercolor paper and this was one of the rough sheets. I've never worked on rough watercolor paper before...don't think it was really suitable for this subject. Perhaps it would be better suited for landscape or perhaps architecture.

As you can see, I'm working on those dark backgrounds again. Each time it comes out a little better. As usual, the colors don't show up great here. The background looks rather flat in color here, when in fact it has many subtle colors in it.

My biggest challenge with this 'rough' paper was trying to get smooth edges and make the surfaces appear shiny...I decided that this paper would probably be better when you want to show more texture.

So...anyway, up for critique here.
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John 15:4
Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
John 15:3-5 (in Context)
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4 comments:

Paul said...

Very good to see you producing again, both this and the Lincoln piece. Equally nice to see your work on display as it is, you are very fortunate to have a venue. Been thinking about you and do hope that life is looking up again finally. p

Angela Finney said...

I especially like the grapes and the work as a whole is really enhanced by that black background. I am surprised you can get that rich and dark of a black with water color.

Marian Fortunati said...

Marsha... Amazing... It may not have been the "right" paper but you certainly painted it into submission.. This is another amazing piece of work.. as all of yours are!!

Marsha Robinett said...

Paul,
Yes, it is good to be back to blogging again and nice to see you stopped by. My health issues are not conquered but under control for now.

The Christmas window down town Lincoln was great. As I said in the article...she always uses my work in her display windows. Such a blessing.

Angela,
Thank you for the nice comments on this piece. The dark background starts with a mixture of Burnt Sienna and Indithrone Blue...fairly concentrated. I also have several other colors that I may want to add as accents ready to go on my pallet...also concentrated.

I use a different brush for each and apply to dry paper...allowing the colors to mingle on the paper. For me it's pretty much a one shot thing. Ive never been able to go back and change it much with any amount of success.

Hope this is helpful.

Marian,
I'm glad you feel I won the fight. I wasn't sure for a while just who was going to be painted into 'submission'...me or the paper. This was a lesson well learned. If it hadn't been such a small piece I do think the paper would have come out the winner!

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