Pucker Up Sketch

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This is part of the Big Salad (actually the Big Salad’s dressing) series.  Still in my seminar, but tomorrow is the last day and I hope to be uploading my progress next week.  Miss you all.

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Plein Air Apple Farm Watercolor

Apple Hill Orchard

Apple Hill Orchard

It was another stellar day in Western North Carolina and the leaves are spectacular in the mountains, with many more days to come.  We took the opportunity to tour Apple Hill Orchard, and of course I brought my kit.

This is the first time I’ve tried an expansive view of something, and I learned so much with this one painting:

* It’s fairly impossible to capture the beauty unless you are a very, very good artist.  I should have tried more impressions instead of putting in every little vignette.

* Trees are not necessarily anatomically interesting.  On the contrary, I might have adjusted the limbs to make them less symmetrical.  They look too stiff, when in fact they were soft and flowing in the gentle breeze.

* I found that people who walk by, and there were plenty enjoying the day with their children and dogs, will be interested in what you’re painting.  I’m such a novice, I don’t mind the interruption, but considering the wine I was drinking, it was hard to concentrate. My best work seems to be the ones I sketch the quickest.

* Always bring along a husband.  He’ll carry all your stuff, buy you a nice lunch, do all the driving, and sit quietly while you paint.  Combined with everything else, except for, in this case, the final painting, it makes for a perfect day.

I’m off to my seminar and will be back in a week.  Wish me luck!!!!!

http://applehillorchard.com

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Two Fall Watercolors

Heirloom Pumpkin, Gourd, and Corn

Heirloom Pumpkin, Gourd, and Corn

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Cucumber Sketch

 

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Cucumbers have an incredible flavor and are always in my salads.  And who doesn’t like cold cucumber soup?!

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Lettuce Sketch

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Avocado Sketch

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While I like slices of avocado on my salad, I prefer them chopped up with garlic, lemon juice and sitting on a bagel chip.

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Croutons Sketch

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Gorgonzola Cheese Sketch

 

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Until I turned 50, the idea of smelly cheese turned my stomach.  Now I can’t get enough of it.  Gorgonzola is bleu cheese with a tamped down aroma, and thus not as moldy a taste.  I love it on salads, sandwiches, sprinkled on tomato soup, and of course between two pieces of thin-sliced rare steak rolled up like a HoHo.  Ummmm.

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Juicy Sliced Tomatoes Sketch

 

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I quickly realized that once I cut up a tomato I had to eat it.  All of it!  But everything looks more interesting opened up!  When I get through the veggies, I plan to start sketching the salad dressing, wine, bread, and perhaps the salad itself.  Every day is a challenge.

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Garlic Watercolor

One garlic; three views

One garlic; three views

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