Monday, November 20, 2006

Apples Watercolor Challenge 91

Three watercolors of apples, all sorts of apples. I think it's Roma, Delicious and Granny Smith. The trouble with these kinds of watercolors is the "background" or what to do with all that negative space behind and in front of your items, whatever they are. In these little studies, I have not done much of anything, but my professor suggested looking at the work of Charles Demuth, who did a sort of fade away drapery in some of his still lives. Worth a look. I think I'm most happy with the one above, the Romas, they had the most interesting markings, and I think the shadows work better than the other two below. The purple shadows seem too strong to me. The shadows in the Romas (the yellow and red apples) are more subtle, using a grey brown color, with a small touch of purple, just a touch.

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7 comments:

Lin said...

These are FABULOUS, Nel ... such rich colors, textures, shapes!! MAkes me hungry for one!!

shirley said...

I love them all! What a way to do an EDM challenge - the individual apple types all make for such interesting differences. The two colors, the great reflections on the slightly shiny surface of the Granny Smiths is my favorite. Please keep sharing - I learn so much from looking at your watercolors.

Jana Bouc said...

Delicious and glowing. I like all three paintings, but I think the bottom one is my favorite. Just beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Oh, all three of these are wonderful -- but I agree that the top one has the most character. I love your scholarly approach to this, too!
(And it looks nice and clear -- are you liking Picasa to upload? Easy, huh?)

Nora said...

Yum...makes me want to CRUNCH and MUNCH! Love those apples... Aunt Nel: I would love to use some of my birthday money and pay you to FINISH some pastels for me!!! I'll shoot you an email...please stop by sometime over the Christmas holidays. Travis and I will be in town from Dec 17 to 27th!
Love you... good to see the posts again.

Anonymous said...

My, these are fabulous! The colours are so juicy!

Lori Witzel said...

The second of the two -- Granny Smiths? -- with their flowing tonal shifts and stark shadows are my faves. Why? They seem to have more forceful presence, perhaps an unintentional side-effect of the harder shadow. (Found you through Laura's blog, BTW.)

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