Apricot Jam

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My Jam Labels project continues with the new watercolor design for apricots. This happy juicy golden fruit was born a few days ago.

Meantime, the gallery Jams, Relishes, and Marmalade keeps growing in my artistic “garden”, and many tasty jams are ready to be served:

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My love to painting the fruits and berries is in this collage:
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Artist Blossoms

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Artist’s development is usually seen in his or her paintings. Throughout the years one can notice how an artist blossoms.
I’ve recently looked at my paintings of blossoms and clearly so that tendency.
Above painting of Cherry Blossoms was painted when I was around nine years old. Thanks to my dad he saved that watercolor to show me now.
I like that art piece. It has some sort of minimalistic and Impressionistic characteristics. Simple, sweet, and straight forward.
Later on, I became interested in details.
The next blossoms painted decades and decades later, show more realistic approach.

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The play of contrast of white of the flower against a dark background in Apricot Blossom painting:
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And finally, my favorite this days, the Oleander Blossoms, where I painted white of the flower using multiple washes of light yellow, pink and violet:
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I can say that as an artist, I was blossoming with my blossoms, working on the techniques and trying to bring out the beauty of each flower.


Farmers Market Delight

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In the last couple of years I’ve painted many artworks that are different form my usual approach. Yet they do have their own distinguished style so to speak:  when the main object (usually fruit or vegetable) is painted in realistic style with the shadow, but the background remains white. 
Most of the paintings are sold: some through the art shows, others are through the Jam Labels project, and the several of them were sold off an auction. 
Last week I looked at the images of those paintings on my computer and wanted to bring all of them together in one series Farmers Market Delight. 
I’ve paired them by style, color and composition. And here they are. For example, all four paintings above Apple, Lemon, Orange, Pear were painted on Aquabord. It was fun to explore the quality of the board vs artistic paper 
( my previous post on Aquabord testing is here; and another study is here )

The next group of the paintings was representing some sweet, some hot, some red, some purple veggies (though, technically, tomato would be considered a berry and pineapple a fruit). 
I just loved the combination of colors there and the details of these realistic paintings:

sweet pea jalapeno painting

onions and jalapeno
Here are a few previous posts on these above paintings:

Then, I looked at some other paintings; and, a few fruits found a company in this sweet colorful quartet:

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My previous posts about jam labels and others are here:
And last but not least I picked four of my probably best watercolor paintings of berries so far and combined them by color and composition into a Very Very Berry collage:
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I love those four because each of them have a story to tell; and, they did take quite a bit of time to paint due to many details. I also loved that each of them have not only berries, but leaves of the plant and a flower as if they say: “We do grow in the garden or on a farm, and we are grown with love from a tiny tiny flower to a gorgeous sweet berry!”
A few previous posts on these paintings are here:
Combining different paintings in one fruitful project was fun. The dance of colors and diversity of the species is that what makes those collages to say: 
Farmers Market Delight!! 
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Watercolor Mosaic

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When a very special customer of mine asked if I want to paint an Italian style mosaic with the fruit vase, I first thought I did not hear her right: Mosaic? In Watercolors?!! But as an Artist who likes a challenge and loves to explore, I jumped to this project with enthusiasm.
We discussed the details and composition, colors and stylistic approach. The fruits and berries are all her favorites for cooking and baking. And the mosaic painting itself will become some sort of signature of her love to cooking with the heart and passion. From the last posts you remember, her jams are to die for!
And now here is a little game.
Try to find the following:
White Peach
Apricots
Strawberries
Plum
Raspberries
Blackberries
Cherries
Pear
Pineapple
Did you do good?
Now here is another challenge:
Find a Habanero Pepper
It is there.
Wonderful! 
How could it have all of that? I can give you a recipe: patience My Friends. When I was painting each tile of this fruit mosaic I meditated while creating those virtual stones: rock by rock, color by color, all in Watercolor!! :0)
And here are a few detailed images of this Mosaic Fruit Vase:

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Original Watercolor on 300lb Arches Cold Pressed paper 12″x16″
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Jam Session

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 Detailed Image HERE
Just like an informal meeting where musicians play together in a Jam Session, my dear customer and I are working on a lengthy but absolutely enjoyable and creative project – A Jam Labels Session. Our first creations involve my Apricot Painting and White Peach painting. I am learning a ton of tricks with PhotoShop to clear the backgrounds and make the files appropriate for the labels. The colors for the labels should be rather bold and bright than containing an artistic realism with complimentary shadows, vanishing perspective, etc. The labels might be as small as 1″x1″ and they still should “read” the image and letters. 
Here are our fist attempts of the Jam Labels Project, which as you can see are definitely made with Love:
Yes, there is still so much to do and play with, but already, just by looking at them my mouth is watering and craving one of these delicious jams!
Stay tuned for more Jam Labels creations :0)
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Apricot Trio

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I usually start painting with the background; but this time I started with the main subject. First, I’ve painted the apricot branch and then filled the back area with the garden. I took pictures of both; and, it s hard to tell which version is better. The apricot painting with the white background looks more as a botanical study, isn’t it.. The top one with the apricots in the garden looks more as the Summer Landscape with the branch fragment where the artists, during a nice walk in the garden, looked up and saw a beautiful trio hanging on the tree and posing for a painting :0)
The apricots with the white background have more story to tell, but I will reveal it in a couple of weeks or so. Stay tuned :0)
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There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul