Thursday, July 21, 2011

peaches

 
(5x7)
A challenge from the Painting Loft, a supportive community of artists with numerous groups and challenges.
I did a rather elaborate drawing of this first time around: and painted it so weakly and tightly--I immediately tore it up (sorry now: wish I had saved it to post!).
This time, I worked smaller and did not spend much time drawing. I turned the reference and my painting upside down and started with the peaches; after I put down color, I'd flood it with clear water. It helped me not get too involved with what turned out to be a surprisingly complex subject.
Though I wish I had stopped sooner: the unfinished version below is brighter and has more of a focus.
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15 comments:

Maria's Watercolor said...

It is just wonderful right where you stopped, loose and bright, it feels so summery!

Carol Blackburn said...

I agree, it's lovely Laura.

RH Carpenter said...

Love the peachy colors but also that raspberry color you put down inside the peaches! Lovely painting. I haven't had a peach that tastes like a peach yet this season :( Maybe I'll have to grow my own?

marnold said...

I might add that the peach is much better in the finished product: the color and blending are perfect. Nor does not suffer from it's busyness and depth. I think it makes the peach fuzzier.

Margaret said...

I am in awe ... the first one is stunning and beautiful. So summery and luscious.

AutumnLeaves said...

I have to admit that I like the top (finished) piece better myself. It is just lush and ripe and oh so gloriously beautiful!! How are you doing that "flooding" thing? Spay bottle? (I'm wondering because I lose the shapes when I try that with a brush...)

A Brush with Color said...

Oh, these are glorious peaches! So much going on here, Laura! Excellent negative painting, too! I think the final version is great: what pops of color!

Barbra Joan said...

Well, you know you've 'arrived' when someone sees a piece of art and knows exactly who it belonged to LOL ! Yes, I did! hugs, BJ

Carrie'sCreations said...

The colors are just fabulous!! So bright and vibrant, just screams Summer!

knittingdragonflies said...

Love the colors, I just ate a peach and I think you captured the colors beautifully.
Vicki

Hildebrand Memorial Library said...

Great job with a difficult subject, and nice touches that you left the white paper as negative, leaf shaped space, and the range of colors!Blue, that luscious magenta (Opera or quindacrinone Rose?) ranging to purple where it floats over the blue, the color play is marvelous.
So nice! -Robin

Diana said...

Gorgeous Laura and so lovely and loose.. I do like the way the water bloomed in the beginning that is super! what kind of paper do you use? love Diana

Claire M said...

Beautiful soft style!

Katherine Thomas said...

I like the finished version too! It's just perfect! I admire the way you handled the watercolors. I could never do that!

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