Art in My Heart, Jacqueline Newbold titled Watercolor Vignettes from Ponet; a Peek inside my Watercolor Journal. You can find it on the sidebar (I couldn't copy the post address itself). Anyhow, she showed how to precolor the background. I did it but I made one big block of color and then didn't quite know what to do with it. Until the other day that is, when I wanted to draw my poor, new fig tree.
I got the fig tree for my birthday back in November from my son. It is a plant that will only grow about 3 feet and can live and produce fruit indoors. That's important because the animals will kill the tree outdoors and/or steal all the fruit. I got it potted and placed it in a sunny window - right at cat level! I had no idea my cat would chew on all the leaves. I didn't think the tree would survive but it finally sent out some new leaves and I wanted to draw it to commemorate the occasion (by the way, the plant is in another window now on a tall stool the cat can't share). I remembered this page and thought I'd give the sketching and overpainting a try. I am real happy with how it turned out. The paper is not my favorite but I have it in one of my sketchbooks so need to use it up. It soaks up moisture like a sponge and doesn't warp but it doesn't always allow for detail to show either so some penwork helped out a lot here.
If the idea of an indoor fruiting fig sounds good to you the link to buying one of your own is here. It was under $20 when I got it, not a bad deal.
Trial of app - - Just trying a new app to see if I can post from my Ipad to Blogger!
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