Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Bowl of Cherries

Here's a start on ideas for a new painting. I like the bowl of cherries idea but not sure on the scaling yet. I could put the bowl on a stone shelf--I left some height off the image to accommodate that.

I see now that it's useful to develop ideas prior to being in need. And, it's good to collect props too.


  1. Wonderful subject! Whatever you do with this, I do hope you choose to keep the cherry stems in the picture- for me, they "make" the composition; they look alive, as if they are bending and searching for the light.
    ~ gretchen

  2. Ya, they are keepers. One thing thought was I needed to pull stems from the underlying cherries, otherwise it looked like a porcupine. ;-)

    Not sure yet how this composition is going to play out...

  3. I love your posts in providing tips&ideas to newbies like me. Now I just need to get out of my rut and start drawing again. Plus, I already received my Daniel Smith's watercolors which I had ordered online.

  4. Thanks so much, Zarina! :-)

    It can be so difficult to get started. I find that once I finally start a piece that I am all set. It's the getting to that point that sometimes takes quite a while. I'm thinking that having a few simultaneous projects could help me there.

  5. Today till November looks I will have to just look at my watercolors. I need to prepare for two workshops for my quilts. Hopefully in the future, I can provide workshops for botanical illustration! *wistful thinking*

  6. Well, your quilt work is very lovely so I can see how you would want to focus on it. If you can pick up a pencil for just moments a day, you will be surprised how far you can advance. Hint, hint... :-)