watercolour on 140lb cold press paper
Not very exciting, I know, but a change from the usual for me, nonetheless.
I've been asked to instruct a watercolour class for this year's Mosaic Art Camp (link is to the pdf file from last year's Gala). The Art Camp is a 6-week long program at the Children's Treatment Centre in Chatham-Kent, Ontario which enables children of all abilities to experience various art mediums. The works are then auctioned off at a fundraising Gala in the fall. Last year, the artwork raised over $30,000!
Because this is a short class (one hour), we are working with a simple subject. I've chosen the pear for several reasons.
1) I like pears.
2) Pears are easily recognizable by their shape alone.
In other words, you can do almost anything to it and it will still look like a pear.
One can't really say the same for a banana.
3) Food sells.
I've found that still life studies of food in general are popular with collectors.
4) Simplicity in shape allows for creative colour accidents.
Now I have to break this down into simple steps. We'll be using one colour at a time, so when I have the lesson plan worked out I'll post it on my blog for anyone else that would like to try it. This image I've shared with you is my first pear, ever, so I'll likely simplify the colours a bit more - but it's a start.
in other news.... may I present Miss Zero, as promised yesterday:
It's my birthday today.
Which means I don't have to cook, I get to order in Thai tonight (I'm the only one in the house who appreciates Thai cuisine) and I can download book 9 of the Sookie Stackhouse series with my new KINDLE (ya baby!) - no more waiting for the paperback release in April.
If the sun would peek out, my day would be complete.