Watercolor: Early Bird Breakfast


Early Bird Breakfast 17 x 20 watercolor on hot press paper

Inspiration from the Past

We haven’t lived in the home that inspired the watercolor still life above for over a decade,  but during the years while raising kids there, I took thousands of photos, and started painting full time, which buoyed my conviction towards being a better “noticer”.

Picking What to Paint

White tile counters are reflective. The shiny ceramic surface broadcasts the color and shape of everything on and above them, so my kitchen counter at dawn became a new painting opportunity every day. We filled bowls with bird seed on the ledge outside, and happy hour gathered at dawn with feathered, chirping and squeaking over a hearty breakfast most mornings.

In process – laying in glazes of transparent watercolor

Diving In

My bird buddies didn’t stick around for the reference photo (left of the painting in process above), but they were a regular sight in our morning routine, so I included them in the watercolor. I used Arches hot press paper (it has a very smooth surface) mounted here to a sheet of gator board (which I use constantly, because it’s lightweight, but sturdy) with artist’s gummed tape, and a combination of  Windsor Newton and Graham professional watercolors. (If you’re looking for a primer on watercolor paper, feel free to download my free Watercolor Paper 101 sheets here.)

The San Diego Artwalk last weekend with the Pacific Ocean in the distance. Sunday is the last day this weekend at the Sierra Madre Art Fair, so come and say hello.

Links for You

And speaking of noticing things, like birds breakfasting in dawn light, and roses reflecting on white ceramic tiles, and the feel of smooth vs rough watercolor paper under your brushes – here’s a great article about how our brains pay attention to the things between the things we’re looking at. The Secret to Creative Vision is Paying Attention to What your Eyes Cant See.

Art Workshops Abroad

This coming Monday, I’m headed to join the good folks at WorkshopsinFrance.com for another jaw-dropping excursion through Provence. I’ll be posting photos over on Instagram and Facebook, so come follow along so you can travel with the artists on this art-filled adventure virtually. I’ll be back to blogging in late May. Have a productive few weeks in the meantime. 🙂

Thanks for stopping in, and I’ll see you in the next post!


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Art Quote

It is extremely difficult to obtain a hearing from men living in democracies, unless it be to speak to them of themselves. They do not attend to the things said to them, because they are always fully engrossed with the things they are doing. For indeed few men are idle in democratic nations; life is passed in the midst of noise and excitement, and men are so engaged in acting that little remains to them for thinking. I would especially remark that they are not only employed, but that they are passionately devoted to their employments. They are always in action, and each of their actions absorbs their faculties: the zeal which they display in business puts out the enthusiasm they might otherwise entertain for idea.
― Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America





5 Responses to Watercolor: Early Bird Breakfast

  1. Barbara Muir May 10, 2017 at 10:30 pm #

    Love this post as always. Beautiful work. Have a wonderful time in Provence. I’m reading as much as I can of Peter Mayle right now, and am on my 4th book by him. Fortunately there are more!

    Love your work,

    XOXOXOXOXO Barbara

  2. Mary Beck May 9, 2017 at 10:44 am #

    Bon voyage, beautiful Belinda! We will miss your presence and look forward to your return. Mary & Bob

  3. Gaelle1947 May 7, 2017 at 12:47 pm #

    Je te souhaite une merveilleuse vacance artistique en france! I LOVE your painting with all those delicious sparkles and reflections! Your quote today is applicable to much of society even today, including women (but I’m sure when he mentions “men”, it was meant in a general non-gender specific sense). I feel extremely fortunate to have a small conclave of intimate friends who value “ideas” and whenever I step out into larger gatherings, I am always struck by how the shallowness of conversations leave me feeling very lonely despite the “noise and excitement”. The older I get, the more I seek soul-connections and find small talk very tiresome. My current audiobooks selections: Stitches (Anne Lamott); On Looking (Alexandra Horowitz); The Year of Magical Thinking (Joan Didion). Bon voyage!

  4. Mary Ellen Gale May 7, 2017 at 10:35 am #

    Have a marvelous time in France!

    • Belinda DelPesco May 7, 2017 at 8:31 pm #

      Thanks, Love. I’ll be sending you croissant and cafe vibes from Provence!

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