August 1: Breakfast

Next month my aunt and I have pencilled in our calendars to do the World Watercolor Challenge (Doodlewash, a.k.a. Charlie O’Shields) which usually happens in July.

I will be working waaaaay outside my comfort zone because I rarely work with watercolor first. My aunt can paint circles around me. Back in the day she was a double major in college…art and physics.

Anyhoo, I’m giving myself a warm-up month since I’m the underdog. Not that this is a competition—not with my aunt.

Here’s the watercolor start…

Fruit for breakfast.

Working watercolor first and trying to capture any detail is very new to me. Dilution of the paint, the brush strokes (or points for blackberries) needed to create texture, and line work (the thin skin of the peach sections) were all new to me.

I’m accustomed to “coloring” with watercolor. There is a dissatisfying mount of white still in the background, but I was trying not to let one paint bleed into another.

I think I’m going to have to take this challenge to my mixed media sketchbook so I can work longer. Love my Moleskine, but my calendar just doesn’t have the paper for this.

And then I made it a good muddy mess when I added a little pen and tried to anchor the glass bowl with a table background.

1 down, 30 to go.

Tomorrow’s word: popsicle.

Now I want a popsicle. I only had fruit for breakfast after all.

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