I decided last week that I was going to focus on using my markers this week. And I did, for 2 out of the 4 drawings :) They bleed SOOO much on this paper and I was feeling really limited by the colors I had so I switched back to watercolors.
Thus far I have been using produce we have in the fridge or in a basket on the counter as my subjects and I was still able to do that this week without any repeats. Eventually, I I will have to start buying stuff with this project in mind, which I am actually kind of excited about because I am so NOT a picky eater and will eat pretty much any vegetable or fruit put in front of me. This means I will get to buy, cook, and eat veggies that aren't in our regular rotation. The weather is also warming up and farmer's market season will be upon us before we know it!! I am so pumped to let the market inspire me this Summer!
Ok, on to the first drawing of the week. Grapes. Not my best work (at least in my opinion). The colors were less than realistic and I felt overall it needed more highlights. But not to worry, I plan on repeating these using watercolors at some point.
The lime came out better than the grapes for sure, but I still had trouble controlling the bleed of the markers. I was glad the lime had a little brown spot on it for some variety, and like the way that turned out. I used some colored pencil for the slice because I wanted a little more detail and all my markers were too dark and saturated color wise.
This is definitely my favorite of the week!! I knew I wanted to focus on the details of the pineapple skin so I chose not to do the whole fruit but instead a portion of the leaves and about half the fruit. Painting this was a challenge, but in a good way! I used some pen at the end to really catch some of the detail. Patience in letting the layers of paint dry was key for this one.
This little broccoli crown was my final subject of the week (and my dinner later that night in some pork stir-fry). Again I went with my watercolors. I am pretty satisfied with how it turned out. The depth and shadows of the florets didn't come out how I envisioned, but I called it good instead of messing with it and risking it coming out flat and muddy.
I prefer my watercolor paints to marker. For sure. Especially on this paper. I think I am going to continue using my watercolors now that I am getting more comfortable with how they work on this paper. My intention going into this project was to do one drawing a day. However, I think 3-4 a week is the perfect speed for me. Progress not perfection (words from Crystal Moody, who started Year of Creative Habits). This pace allows me time for other painting and projects. This next week I am going to try and focus on light/ dark and using a balance of values. I think it adds more visual interest and that it's something I struggle with. So, we will see how it goes :)