Sunday, April 01, 2012

Simple pleasures

I really like to draw fruits and vegetables.  Not for me the soaring mountain ranges, or golden light of Italy. I am a simple woman of simple needs and I find inspiration and beauty in the everyday things that surround me.  The graceful shapes and vibrant colour of these peppers for example, make me want to draw and paint them before I even get home from the store.
Because I was having trouble photographing in the other sketchbook that was so curved and buckled, I was on the lookout for a new one.  At my last dental appointment, I made a short detour to the art supply store.  This is a Handbook sketchbook. I had heard many raves about these sketchbooks, but had never seen one sold in Canada. I liked the size and texture of the paper, and the price was good, so I took the very last one that they had in stock.  So far I like it.  It takes a wash nicely although the paper is not too thick.  It also has a hard cover which helps the pages flatten out.  It photographed quite well - not too many shadows or crinkles.  The paint is regular water-colour paints with a bit of the Inktense pencils added in.  Thank you to the commenter who told me that they are ink pencils rather than water colour.  Despite the name, i had not clued into that.

14 comments:

Minerva said...

Beautiful colours! The paper seems to take the washes really well. I would like to try it sometime, too bad they don't sell them in Montreal.

Boud said...

I love immediate objects, too, especially these beautiful peppers. Thanks for the comments about the Inktense pencils, which I've never come across but will look for, and the drawing book.

Alex said...

love the bright colors! =) Makes me wanna cook some, or char some!

Shirley said...

Great! Love the light reflections!

pauline said...

Lynn, this watercolor is great! the colors are so vibrant and yummy. You did a great job with this one. xoxo

Tahirih said...

Nice! I love the saturated colors and the blue shadows. Hot peppers have such character!

kazumiwannabe said...

Beautifully done, the shine is perfect and those colors are luscious!

Debbie Nolan said...

Cordelia - just visited your blog - I also am 55 - love to garden - draw - paint - Your sketches are just lovely. Thank you for sharing.

Cathy Holtom said...

You certainly get some good colours with your pencils, one day I will try inktense too.

Kristen (Creative Stash) said...

really nice peppers! love the composition and the paper looks great. Happy CED!

Stacy said...

Beautiful!

Timaree said...

This looks wonderful. So bright and shiny. Yum!

Za faran said...

Awesome! The colors are yummy!

Za faran said...

Awesome! The colors are yummy!