Hard to Resist

It’s hard to resist Seckel pears in the fall. I don’t mean eating them, so much as drawing and painting them. There’s something lovely about the squat shape and subtle variety of green and gold and red. My instinct was to fill an entire page with pears, but after beginning the first few, I quickly realized that I didn’t have the patience to do ten or twelve. So, four pears on a Saturday morning is all there is.

Tips and Techniques– I did these using a combination of colored pencil and watercolor. I set out to do them entirely in colored pencil, but quickly remembered why I am not a colored pencil artist—it just takes so darn long to shade forms. Although I like the control of colored pencil, I love the speed and luminosity of watercolor, and I’ve come to appreciate what watercolor can do all on its own when you learn to let it go. Still, it’s interesting to combine these two mediums and I recommend trying it just to play with the possibilities.

16 Comments on “Hard to Resist

  1. Gorgeous color – and I have to agree, that squat shape appeals. Four Pears on a Saturday Morning is enough for me!
    Reading Michael’s comment above it occurs to me that it might be fun to see a bit taken out of the one on the right. 😉

  2. These are beautiful! And it helps that pears are my favorite autumn fruit. It sways my bias.

  3. Beautiful surface Jean!! What kind of paper is this? hot press? cold press? multi-media? Always inspiring! 🙂

    • Hi Roxanne- This is Stillman and Birn Zeta sketchbook. The paper is smooth, like bristol or hot press, 270gsm, so it can take watercolor. I like it, generally, though washes don’t always behave on it, compared with cold press paper.

      • Thanks!! It’s been awhile since I’ve used that particular one!!

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