Mister Onion

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This is the study of the onion that I did a couple of weeks ago preparing for one of my Old Masters Style Still Life paintings. The challenge was that I had at least three sources of light and had to capture the highlight to present a round shape of this vegetable. I chose the strongest highlight and stuck to it. The other challenge (that probably brought me the most fun) that the surface was not a paper, but Aquabord, the rough surface of which requires a lot of skill to place the wash in one setting and then go with the damp brush and try not to lift the fist layer.
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Original Artwork is 6″x6″ on Aquabord by Ampersand painted with St. Petersburg Watercolor

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There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

Nude Pear

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painting of a pear
Watercolor Food – Painting of a Pear – Artist Illustrator Irina Sztukowski 

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Don’t you think that each pear is different and each of them has its own personality? When you look at the pear you would never say Mister, right? People refer to these fruits as Ladies all the time. Even woman shape is called a Pear Shape one. In fact, in Russian language pears carry a feminine name.
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When I looked at this Miss Green Beauty I’ve noticed the obvious nudity. She was shy but proud of her curves. It was impossible not to paint her.
I’ve challenged myself using a watercolor board again. Lots of water, lots of dabbing, but the needed effect was reached; and, I am happy about it. The advantage of the board is that you can place it on a wall or on easel without framing. The board is 2-3 mm thick, which gives the painting durability and decorative feeling. Also, the rough surface of the board brings some interesting character to the painting texture.
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And here is the small tour into the Pear History:
Pears are one of the world’s oldest cultivated and beloved fruits. In 5,000 B.C., Feng Li, a Chinese diplomat, abandoned his responsibilities when he became consumed by grafting peaches, almonds, persimmons, pears and apples as a commercial venture. In The Odyssey, the Greek poet laureate Homer lauds pears as a “gift of the gods.” Pomona, goddess of fruit, was a cherished member of the Roman Pantheon and Roman farmers documented extensive pear growing and grafting techniques. Thanks to their versatility and long storage life, pears were a valuable and much-desired commodity among the trading routes of the ancient world. Evident in the works of Renaissance Masters, pears have long been an elegant still-life muse for artists. In the 17th century a great flourishing of modern pear variety cultivation began taking place in Europe. And in popular culture, the pear tree was immortalized alongside a partridge in the 18th-century Christmas carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas.
Early colonists brought the first pear trees to America’s eastern settlements where they thrived until crop blights proved too severe to sustain widespread cultivation. Fortunately, the pear trees brought west to Oregon and Washington by pioneers in the 1800’s thrived in the unique agricultural conditions found in the Pacific Northwest. Today’s Northwest pear varieties are the same or similar to those first cultivated in France and Belgium where they were prized for their delicate flavor, buttery texture, and long storage life. (ref: http://usapears.org)
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5″x5″ Winsor & Newton Watercolor on Watercolor Board by Aquabord

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There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

Red on Green

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Here is the second attempt to conquer Aquabord. When using this board the best result can be achieved by dabbing watercolor into a previously well-wetted surface. The patience is the key; although you really need to be fast as the board is drying very quickly.
I am sure I will be back to using Old Sweet 140/300lb Arches; it is just always interesting to try something new……………………………………………………………………..
5″x 5″ Winsor & Newton Watercolor on Aquabord

Testing Aquabord

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I am exploring different surfaces for watercolors. Just recently I have purchased Aquabord made by Ampersand in Austin, TX. I always wanted to try something new. This board is not made of paper; however, it allows watercolor to stick to the surface. Although it was hard to move the paint around and achieve the mixing effect with the smooth edges. The surface dries very quickly so if you want wet-on-wet you better put lots of water. Also, I have noticed that this board pretty much does not allow you to use layers. The color would better look if you mix it on a pallet and place it in one touch.
It was very interesting experience to paint on this board. All what I learned painting on paper was challenged.
The good part is that the board does not need to be framed and after using fixative you can basically place it on a wall or put on the shelf. I’ve placed it on the tabletop easel. This art work can make a good gift; and, even it can play as a unique Valentine’s Card 🙂 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
5″x5″ Winsor & Newton Watercolor on Aquabord