Sunday, August 23, 2015

Scenes Through Natures Frames...and a Little Painting

I have been outside early in the morning looking through these glorious frames at the tiny country snapshots in the distance, looking so misty.

     
I do like the way the branches create natural ovals and circles around a scene.

It is seriously time to pick them.

It is impossible to describe what it is like to be under the boughs breathing the scent and hearing the sounds of the day.


While still on the branches, the apples have a misty layer on them. When the gossamer vellum is wiped off, the apples are shiny.

This branch makes a square frame, and all the views through the apple tree are reminiscent of old postcard art and greeting cards of little houses and lakes in the distance surrounded by a wreath of foliage  in the foreground.

Victorian post cards  on Pinterest with the floral branches and little homey scenes in the distance:





I have drawn these little pictures before, but never water colored them...

...and this was my first step, drawing a frame or shape from which to peer through at the background...


...and the next part...

..more detail and very light color...

I felt like quitting by the time I got here...


...but redeemed it with more color...

...and then some shadows here and there...



...maybe it will be something after all...


It is post card size so it did not take all day.


Finally the apples with some darker areas. Instructions for painting apples are abundant online but honestly I have no time to watch them yet, so this will have to do.


I used 106 lb. coated textured paper from a small tablet I found in the dollar price section at the fabric store, and children's paints by Loew Cornell, with Horizon Group brushes from Walmart.






This is the photo from the top of the post, put here to show you how I am painting these apples.


Since I do not want shiny apples an am instead trying to get that frosted look which they have while still on the tree, it was a bit of an experiment.  It has to look a little velvet-y. I have not got quite what I am wanting.  I love that deep berry color on these apples but I may have to try this again to get it right.  In the meantime I think I might go look at fabric and drool over this color!





A quick solo apple here right on the verse that says "as the apple of thine eye." The pages are coming out of this book so I might as well relegate it to art. At least I will know where the verse is.




9 comments:

Christina Gomez said...

Beautiful! The apples and the cards:) Christina

Finding Joy said...

As I mentioned in a previous post, those apple trees remind me of my fathers farm and bring back fond memories. I do love water colours, so soft and gentle . Jo

anonymous said...

Amazing Lydia, what an eye for beauty.

Janet.

Lynn Maust said...

I think I can actually comment now....just wasn't set up for it on my computer.
Lydia, you know what you are doing with these watercolors....just keep doing more and your technique will grow and grow and blossom!. Good to see you are using better paper...you don't need the best...just look for pads that say for watercolors.
Have a happy day!
Love,
Lynn

Stephanie said...

Good morning, Lydia! I am enjoying my last cup of coffee and thought I would enjoy it with you :) Your photos were such a delight to look at and I must say that your water color painting is simply stunning! You seem like a pro, my dear :)

May you have a blessed and joyous week.

Debbie Gnagey said...

These would make pretty notecards. This was a wonderful way to capture the beauty around us by careful observation and a calm spirit! I can just see you walking through your apple trees with your sketch pad in a wicker basket on one arm and holding a cup of hot tea in the other! Have a blessed day!

Lydia said...

Debbie,

That is what I pan on doing today when I have time!

Alex said...

A really pretty picture,your sketching shows a real artistic talent, the way you capture the shapes of the apples, their positions all different. It is exciting to see this talent emerging. I love natural frames, too and often take photos through foliage to get that effect.

Mrs. Cote said...

I think these are my favorite of your artworks! You captured the still life and the Victorian feel of the scene very well.

Warmest regards,
Mrs.C.

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