Thursday, June 4, 2009

A New Venture

Original photograph by Karin Jurick.
I have been watching Karin Jurick's invitational blog called Different Strokes For Different Folks for a while now, but have never done one of the challenges. I figured today was the day! Rather than do it in oil, which was my first inclination as I am on that kick again, I thought I would do it in my sketchbook as a pen & ink and watercolour painting:

"Karin's Veggie Platter", 12 x 9", pen& ink and watercolour
It is a bit of a challenge to work with watercolours in the sketchbook as the paper does not stay wet for long, so you have to be quick to get colours to puddle. I use a Robert Bateman Recycled Sketchbook that has 140lb sheets of very smoothacid free paper, and it works better for watercolour than any other sketchbook I have tried. I really like this method of painting - it's quick and loose and really gets the message across.
Enjoy!

19 comments:

hissnhowl said...

Great job Sharon! Really nicely done - I'm working on a watercolor too...

Debbie said...

This is wonderful. I can see it being used in Gourmet Magazine. I love your water color flower demos too. If you were closer I would definitely take your class.

Priti said...

Love your watercolor and pen and ink version of this challenge. Your colors are so vibrant and dynamic.

DEB said...

You are so quick!! And your painting is lovely! I especially like the colors you chose to depict this still life!

maria said...

very nice and fresh! I love to see watercolor and am looking for a nice w/c sketchbook to take places. Thanks for the info.

Nithya Swaminathan said...

Gorgeous rendering! It looks great in watercolor, the colors just pop out and I love the shadows.

Ann Rogers said...

Sharon, you've set a high mark for future entries. Your watercolor is beautiful!

Dean H. said...

Beautiful, Sharon! Love the color and those light, transparent, blue shadows. The line work really sets it off as a winner!

laurens.paint.palette said...

Lovely job!

Diana Marshall said...

wonderful painting, I like your rendering of this weeks challenge especially your pen and ink approach. I have bought a bottle of ink last week and haven't used it yet, you have given me a great example to inspire me.

Dena said...

Beautiful rendering Sharon! I am working on my version of the challenge today. This will be my first time taking the challenge as well.

Phillip G Holt said...

Sharon,
A terrific transparent watercolor. I tryed watercolors for a couple of years. It is a tough media to control, and I switched to oils. You seem to have mastered it. Look forward to seeing more of your work.
Phil

Carol Nelson said...

Welcome to DSFDF, Sharon. Your painting of the current challenge is so lovely. I think you'll enjoy reading everyone's comments.

A Brush with Color said...

Really luminous interpretation--beautiful!

Erma Pierce said...

I am so envious of your new camper! What a great thing to be able to get out and paint -- maybe someday. I love your watercolor of DSFDF challenge. I usually use 140 lb. Arches cold press. Smooth or hot press gives me fits.

Linda Wilder Daily Painting said...

Hi Sharon, great job!I just started these challenges myself...looks like fun. See you soon ( july1st?)

ego2005 said...

Congratulations!

Lovely work with an excelent combination of ink and watercolor!

The Bull said...

I really love your illustrative style on this weeks challenge. Your choice in color palette is very lively and appealing!

dominique eichi said...

what a lovely piece for DSFDF . love it