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Title: How's Them Apples?
Post by: MaryAnne Long on April 06, 2015, 06:51:52 AM
After having seen Cyril's apples in the Techniques lesson in Pastels, I got interested in doing apples in watercolor.


Here's my apple study.  I can see that I need to learn more about how to make that depression at the stem much more realistic.  I still can't make a good shadow, but I am getting better.  Need to make better highlights.

But, I still feel I did a pretty good job because two years ago I couldn't even draw an apple.

Your suggestions for improvement are always appreciated.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: How's Them Apples?
Post by: Bellarina on April 06, 2015, 10:35:08 AM
The green apple is spot on.  :clap:
Title: Re: How's Them Apples?
Post by: Danielle123 on April 06, 2015, 11:58:34 AM
Mea, you will need more shadding on the apples. Start the shadow under the apples not half way under and gradually lighter.  The Second top one looks like it has wrinkles, you should soften it.   Hope this helps.
Title: Re: How's Them Apples?
Post by: MaryAnne Long on April 06, 2015, 03:40:46 PM
Hee, hee, Danielle.  I see those wrinkles now.  They don't look as wrinkly on the painting, but it was how the light hit when I snapped the photo.

Thanks, I'll work on the shadows.

Thanks, Robin.  Granny Smith's are my favorite so I guess I worked harder on that one.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: How's Them Apples?
Post by: dennis on April 06, 2015, 07:01:25 PM
Excellent work on the apples. The depressions at the stems and the dent in the apple are spot-on :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How's Them Apples?
Post by: MaryAnne Long on April 06, 2015, 07:45:13 PM
Thanks, Dennis.  I enjoyed doing those.  It's helpful to do more than one so I can compare  -- a feature that may look right in one might be wrong in the other.  I just want to keep learning.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: How's Them Apples?
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on April 06, 2015, 08:57:37 PM
I'm impressed! I bet framed this would make a great kitchen painting!
Title: Re: How's Them Apples?
Post by: Val on April 06, 2015, 09:48:52 PM
Excellent job Mea  O0 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How's Them Apples?
Post by: MaryAnne Long on April 07, 2015, 03:32:54 AM
Thanks, Val.

Thanks, Sharon.  I'd need to do a better job before a frame could go on these.  They were a practice piece, so I could easily do them again.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: How's Them Apples?
Post by: Bellarina on April 07, 2015, 11:22:42 AM
I agree, would look marvelous in a kitchen
Title: Re: How's Them Apples?
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on April 07, 2015, 12:18:37 PM
Definitely repaint them and make it a larger piece. Reminds me of something Andy wahrhol would have painted!
Title: Re: How's Them Apples?
Post by: Bellarina on April 07, 2015, 12:36:07 PM
Yes I see the likeness of an Andy Warhol painting.
We framed one of his originals several years ago.  His paintings are huge.
Not for hanging in kitchens, lol
Title: Re: How's Them Apples?
Post by: MaryAnne Long on April 07, 2015, 03:55:01 PM
Gee, thanks, ladies.   Andy Warhol, huh? 

OK, if I do redo it, should I make 4 different kinds of apples.  I absolutely have to have the Granny Smith, though.  The lone green one adds lots of drama!

aloha

mea

Title: Re: How's Them Apples?
Post by: Bellarina on April 07, 2015, 04:09:10 PM
Good idea Mea, you could add a golden delicious for a spark of yellow, as well as a pink lady Apple
Title: Re: How's Them Apples?
Post by: MaryAnne Long on April 07, 2015, 04:16:02 PM
Robin,

Pink Lady?  Sounds like a drink.

I'll have to check it out.  Thanks for the suggestion.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: How's Them Apples?
Post by: Val on April 07, 2015, 05:05:00 PM
 :heeha: Indeed Mea! Gin, milk, a splash of grenadine and voila! A Pink Lady....quite popular during prohibition!  :tongue:    :2funny:
Title: Re: How's Them Apples?
Post by: MaryAnne Long on April 07, 2015, 05:19:29 PM
Really, Val?

Gin and milk???  I think I'll stick to red wine!

Hmm, wait.  What about a still life of a Pink Lady drink and a couple Pink Lady apples?  Now if I can only find a restaurant or spa named "Pink Lady" to sell it, too.

Let's get Sharon into this topic, she's our entrepreneurial artist extraordinaire.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: How's Them Apples?
Post by: Bellarina on April 07, 2015, 05:27:46 PM
Sounds yucky
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