Monday, October 29, 2012

A Peck of Pickled Peppers

"A Peck of Pickled Peppers"  (Watercolor)  C. Eastwood, 2012
Our watercolor class has moved on from painting paint brushes to painting jars with interesting things in them.  I nabbed the jar of pickled peppers and this is the result.  With all due respect to Peter Piper, I realize this isn't exactly a "peck" -- but it was too good a title to pass up!  The next one up is going to be another glass jar filled with .... well, you'll just have to check back in a few days and see what it is.  I'm thinking of this painting and the one to come as "kitchen" paintings.  Wouldn't they look yummy on a kitchen wall?!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Indian Corn

"Indian Corn"  (Watercolor)  C. Eastwood, © 2012
Next up-close and personal look at something...really "zoom in, but we should still be able to tell what it is."  Wow.  Okay, it's fall, so how about some Indian corn?  And so you have it.  The subject matter is set, now it's time to draw corn kernels.  Gotta admit, after a while, when you're painting something like this, you see blobs of color, not kernels.  But the thing to remember is to occasionally step away from the painting.  So I did, and what do you know!  They're Indian corn kernels.  Again, one of those subject assignments I probably never would have done on my own -- but one which proves to be rather satisfying when it's completed.

Tools of the Trade

"Tools of the Trade"  (Watercolor)   C. Eastwood, © 2012
Carrying on the theme of "Tools of the Trade,"  our class assignment was to paint this still life.  While I've used a number of these items, I have to admit that I haven't had occasion to use a paint roller on anything other than a wall at this point in my career.  I guess it's something to which I should aspire!?  It could happen -- just probably not with watercolor.  Lots of different textures and surfaces in this painting -- so it was a good exercise.