Memory Bouquet

lavener and pink flowers bouquet watercolor

I began this weeks ago but got sidetracked after the first few minutes.  The bouquet is long gone but I worked from the flowers so many times, last night worked from memory.  The little red berries were entirely invented, but I had planned that from the get go, even when I thought I would be working from life. 8″x10″, Watercolor and the narrow side of a tombow pen on cradled aquaboard panel-its a struggle to be loose on the panels, and with the heavier pen but I will continue to persist.  Its better after a year.  Last year I couldn’t really manage anything at all on these panels but in the last two months I’ve been able to use them. I’ll bring this with me to Studio Hop today.

Hunched-over pear on a string

watercolor pear on a string, againpear on a string

Our three pear trees have begun producing their fruit. While gathering some for a crisp (they are still a bit tough on their own) last week I found this funny hunched-over one, and put it in my pocket to paint later. The first sketch on the left felt overworked and too warm so I had another go. I used a bit of pencil to put the pear and its string on the page then watercolor. Oil sketch here.

Incidentally I used a version of this recipe for the crisp which was considered by 7 of 7 to be drop dead good.  My version of the recipe is here.