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One Watercolor a Day by Veronica Lawlor

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Chapter 2:
STILL LIFE AND NATURE STUDIES
Crocuses, by Dominick Santise, watercolor
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Chapter 2:
STILL LIFE AND NATURE STUDIES
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30 ONE WATERCO L O R A DAY
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DAY 7
Berries, watercolor and ink
Peppers, watercolor and ink
Food Studies
“Here are a few paintings from a series of food studies
I’ve been working on.” —Greg
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STI LL LIFE AND NATURE STUDIES 3 1
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VARIATION
Try painting food without any black or pencil
line, as in my version of rosemary (above).
Allow the initial shapes to stay a little bit
wet, and drop in other colors for subtle
differences, as you see done with the green
and lavender.
EXERCISE 7
This exercise is all about food—painting it, that is. Choose a selection of
foods with colors that excite you. Here, Greg has painted blackberries,
blueberries, peppers, and a shrimp in vibrant tones.
Start this exercise in one of two ways: Either draw a few loose shapes with
a pen and waterproof ink as a rough guide, or begin without any line, by
laying down some washes of color in the shapes of what you’re drawing.
Allow the colors to bleed into each other at times, as Greg has done, for
movement. You’ll have to do a little planning, thinking about where you
will put the line and where you want pure color to hold the shape or
information. It helps to be free about it, though, and allow things to
happen with the watercolor. This is not about creating a line to fill in with
color, but about finding essential form and volume.
Once the color washes are dry, use a pen and black or colored ink to draw
the defining lines and some of the details. Keep the colors fairly pure and
bright to create an appetizing array of paintings.
Shrimp, watercolor and ink
Rosemary, watercolor
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32 ONE WATERCO L O R A D AY
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DAY 8
Begonia in a Pot, watercolor
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