Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Apple Challenge


High Country Apples
12x16 watercolor

This watercolor is in response to Jeanette Jobson's challenge on her blog Illustrated Life. I've tried painting apples with watercolors on several occasions in the past but was never really satisfied with them. I don't know what it was exactly, maybe something to do with the opacity of the reds and yellows that I was using. This time I determined to come up with an image that I felt better about - using more transparent yellows and reds. I do like this version better.

The sun finally came out after 8 or 9 cloudy rainy gloomy days in a row. I went outside and was able to take a few pictures of work that I completed this past week. It's nice to see some of this work finally see the light of day.

14 comments:

Spinneretta said...

Oh I like these Gary- wonderful job, and great colours!

Jeanette said...

Hi Gary, I think these apples are superb! The colours and shapes work well and a like the runs of paint off the page. It reminds me of the juice of an apple running out.

Apples are a challenge to paint or draw and I learn as I go with each one I do and see.

Gary said...

Thanks Spineretta for the kind words. Thanks for the welcome to your challenge Jeanette. I didn't think about the drips relating to the juice. I like that, thanks.

phthaloblu said...

Wow, these apples are really gorgeous. That red just pops from the page. Gary, thanks for visiting my blog and the comment. It's nice knowing someone else understands about that sharp pencil point. :-)

Alex said...

I think you don't need words to describe how great this piece is. You've made an excellent choice with thos reds and yellows, and creating a stunning visual of the apples' texture. Not to mention that the shadows are creating an interesting illusion of the apples being sat on a glass table with several sources of light, a nice touch!

Martine said...

Beautiful and crunchy !

marancat said...

This is beautiful! More, more!!

Ellen said...

Well, this is just excellent sir! And the running paint...what is it that makes me love it when the medium itself is also represented? The running paint is just so good. I like the border too. oh, and the double shadows!

Robyn said...

What a beautiful painting you've made of this challenge, Gary. Stunning! I too love the way you've treated the background.

Krista Meister said...

Ok, Gary, I have a confession to make. I found you through Ann's blog and been following you here and there. Wow, you both are marvelous! So I did a double-take that you visited my blog. Thank you... Your work is absolutely breathtaking! I'll have to be more active in commenting...

Aarti Harish said...

Nice work Gary...I like most of your creative works...!!

Jo Castillo said...

These are scrumptious and juicy as Jeanette said. Nice work.

tracywall said...

Simply lovely!
Love the multiple light sources and the freshness of applying the paint. Very painterly!

Anita said...

Lovely painterly effect. Very nice!