Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A pair of pears

My watercolor image
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Okay - I agree - far from a perfect rendering.  I am stubbornly fighting my watercolor phobia - so I decided to enter the pear challenge in the Artist Play Room.

(http://www.justaddwatersilly.com/search/label/APR)
I would display the button if I knew how in dynamic views on Blogger - can't figure out if there is a way!


I sketched the pear in pencil and then used Derwent Inktense pencils to give it some base color.  I used water to spread out the pencil a bit.  Then I bravely used several colors of Twinks to color over that.  Even more bravely I used Twinks to create the shadows (another area of  non expertise and fear)  I used a .005 Micron pen to outline and create the "dots".  Not great - but better than  my other tries at watercoloring.  So I feel ok about this.  Thanks for stopping by - I will link up the APR.  I appreciate all comments - so feel free!!

26 comments:

  1. Your pear is gorgeous, well done! Valerie

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  2. Thanks so much Valerie - I like that I am taking a bit of a watercolor adventure! I like the Twinks because IRL the pear sparkles!

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  3. I really like this. The colors and drawing are so good. Are you taking Dion Dior's Watercolor Pencil Class? I bought some Derwent Inktense Watercolor pencils to use with that class. I haven't used Twinks yet. Keep up the adventure!

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    1. I'm not taking the class but I love Dion's art. She inspired me to take out my many Twinks and use them. They definitely count as watercolors and I love the sparkle. By the way - your work is gorgeous!

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  4. You did a wonderful job on your pear! Warmly, Tracy APR #10

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    1. Thanks Tracy - I left you a comment on your pears as well - they are gorgeous!

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  5. Watercolours are great fun even if they are really unpredictable.... I kind of like that I never know if it will work... the whole high stakes thing is fun.... mind you this is a great result and you make it look easy and effortless... xx

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    1. OK - now you made me laugh - This is probably only the 2nd time I've been brave enough to let the world see something I watercolored. Maybe it is the Twinks - I do love anything that sparkles!!! Thanks for the encouragement.

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  6. Now that's how you paint a pear, I love the blended colours. Twinks are fun but I get fed up with waiting for the water to soften the paint, not that I'm impatient (he he).
    Keep doing the water colours, you are really good at it.
    Von.

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    1. Thanks - I think it's funny. I took one watercolor class-so poorly taught. Everyone else in the class was experienced (didn't have to be for the class) and the teacher ignored me. I left feeling very incompetent and dejected (this was a while ago). So - I appreciate the encouragement. I will keep trying since I love the way watercolors look.

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  7. I'm in love with your pear, thank you so much for joining up this week.
    Best,
    Jenn

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  8. On the contrary, I think your pear is lovely!! Nice job!

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    1. Actually my husband, who usually only comments after being asked, volunteered that he liked my pear. I guess it was my insecurity with watercoloring speaking!! Thanks for the encouraging comment.

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  9. Gina, this is a gorgeous pear. You did a fantastic job. Sorry I had trouble finding you. I am not on google + and that is where it took me. Also, am I the only one who couldn't get on Blogger yesterday? Very frustrating, since I could get on other blogs and web sites, just not BLOGGER.

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    1. I actually hate Google+ - it hides my blog settings and even when I find them I have trouble changing them. I was on Blogger dashboard yesterday - didn't hear about any problems. Thank you so much for your lovely comment.

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  10. Visiting from APR. You did a lovely job with your pear, especially the color shading!

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    1. Thank you - I feel much encouraged to use my Twinks again!

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  11. i think you did a beautiful job! the detail is great - i didn't even think about dots :) i like the color blends, too, wonderful work.

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    1. Thanks Alice - I will definitely be using my "Twinks" more!

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  12. Apologies for my late visit Gina...but thank goodness I'm here now because that pear is perfect!
    You've done such a brilliant job. I'm realising now how it should be done.
    I've only just started to use my intense pencils but each time I do I'm learning so much...and now I realise by looking at your work, that I have sooooooo much more to learn.
    I've not got 'Twinks' (yet) but I've heard so much about them and love the effect they give.
    I feel my pears are in a state of undress and I think I'm going to carry on with them and play a little more taking your work as inspiration!
    Enjoy your Sunday ;D

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    1. No apologies needed - thank you for coming by. I am by no means a wiz with Inktense pencils - although I do love them. The colors, especially when wet, are very vibrant. Most of the color came from the Twinks - I have continued to play with these and have a lot of failures. So - I try to hang in there and continue to learn. It's wonderful to be encouraged - thank you again for your comments.

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  13. oh wow!!!! the pear is fantastic!!!! I love pears for some reason.....wonderful work Gina!!!!

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    1. Thanks Diana - I've had more watercolor failures than successes - but I keep trying because I love how it looks!

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