The 30 Day Challenge

I’m excited to say that I’m participating in the 30×30 Direct Watercolor 2018 Challenge. What I’m understanding about doing direct watercolor is to paint with pure watercolor. I cheated. I started out with a gestural pencil sketch and then add watercolor in a free forming fashion. The originator of the challenge is Marc Taro Holmes and his blog post explains more on the process.

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Day 1 Pears, 7 x 7 inches, watercolor and pencil by Marlene Lee
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Day 2 Strawberries, 7 x 7 inches, watercolor and pencil by Marlene Lee
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Day 3 Blueberries, 7 x 7 inches, watercolor and pencil by Marlene Lee

My materials: Stillman&Birn Delta series, watercolor and pencil, brush – Isabey pocketbrush. 

My set up is using the early morning light.

 

Apple

More attempts on using the palette knife. Actually the finishing touches with a palette knife but I began this painting with brushes.

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Apple by Marlene Lee, 7×5 inches oil on canvas panel

Apples in Line

Playing around with composition. I love the idea of objects off the page and the principle is to have three edges being touched. But I didn’t do it in this case. Does it work?

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Apples in Line, oil on canvas panel, 6 x 6 inches by Marlene Lee

Foodies

I had just signed for an online workshop, “Draw Like It’s Hot” in  Sketchbook Skool . It’s about drawing food. I welcomed this challenge to sketch food but also to record through drawings food that I used to prepare for a meal. In the final assignment we are to prepared a sketch of a recipe that would be posted on a food recipe website. Kinda like illustrating for a book.