Watercolor: Pomegranates from Arizona

Pomegranates from Arizona 6 x 8 Watercolor on Lana Aquarelle paper
My friend VLB sends photos of the fruit from her Arizona Garden as still life painting fodder. Lucky me. Pomegranates seemed just right as a subject this season and I wanted to try this Lana paper. I couldn’t lift color at all – the pigments sink right into the paper, and they’re considerably lighter when they dry. I discovered that glazing has to be done cautiously to preserve whites and lighter areas, with drying time between layers to see where the values landed.

4 Responses to Watercolor: Pomegranates from Arizona

  1. Chris Beck 01/09/2009 at 10:09 am #

    A fabulous painting! Very rich color and great design. You handled the unfamiliar paper beautifully.

  2. Steve Simon 12/15/2008 at 8:22 pm #

    Wonderful still life! I know you seem to be frustrated with nailing the values down with the new paper but it looks great to me. I admire a good watercolorist with an eye for value and contrast.

  3. Perpetual Chocoholic 12/10/2008 at 8:31 am #

    It so amazes me what can be done with watercolours!

  4. Anita 12/08/2008 at 7:46 pm #

    Well despite the difficulties you have lovely colour in this. And it just shouts sunlight! Lucky you with a friend who will do that for you.

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