Saturday, April 15, 2006

Globe Artichoke



For our Easter dinner, Charles picked up these huge artichokes -- my favorite!

I sketched these trying to learn VALUES ... so I did the pencil sketch.

Then I tried watercolor. I passed my work onto Kate as part of my watercolor lesson and homework, and she kindly made some very helpful suggestions as to highlights and overhead lighting. I took her suggestions, removed some paint from the top of the choke and darkened the bottom. You can't see the mid-tone shadow in this scan that runs along the bottom of the choke and shadow... I'm hoping for a new computer and scanner soon!!

I have to say, I'm mighty pleased with this .... and thank Kate (and other kind souls who added their comments) for the corrections.

Now, my task is to REMEMBER what I'm learning!

21 comments:

Kate said...

Wonderful job, Lin, hooray!

Karen said...

It's very nicely modeled, good job Lin. I'm a big artichoke fan, too

starrgirl's world said...

this is fabulous! i really like seeing both the line drawing AND the color. this really does look good enough to bite into!

Malinda said...

Splendid!

shirley said...

I love artichokes in general and your artichoke in particular. WOW!

mw said...

The color drawing is so lovely it make me want to eat artichoke and I'm not particularly fond of it. Wonderful job with the shadows and texture. How did you have the patience for all those nooks and crannies?

Lindsay said...

just 5 minutes ago, I set one of these babies out for my lunch!! I'm going to copy your suject matter. Lovely job!

Karen at Pen in Hand said...

Really nice, Lin. Did you eat it, too?

Teri C said...

Oh gosh Lin, it is BEAUTIFUL!!!

I had my first one in California a few years ago and it immediately became a favorite. Now if I could just bring the chef here......:) You lucky girl!

Jennafer said...

Excellent! That IS something to be proud of!

Penny said...

This artichoke is fantastic!!I love the rich colors and the shading!! WOW -- We;'re learning alot in her class, eh?!

pedalpower said...

You did a wonderful job of this Lin! And the colors are beautiful! Yum!

Penny said...

Great stuff Lin, your flowers are glowing but the artichoke is better as it shows both pencil and watercolour. Penny in South Australia

Terri said...

Oh wow, no wonder you are very pleased with these Lin, they are absolutely TERRIFIC. :o) I thought the pencil sketch was wonderful and then scrolled down and saw the waterpainted version - fantastic. You have come SO far my friend - a real testament to the benefits of constant practice and hard work. Well done!!!! :o)

Alison said...

You have been working hard - well done. Maybe I'll try cooking one of these.

Sue said...

SOo very impressed with your artichoke renderings. The subtle variations in colour and shading are just beautiful. Hurrah for you!

Cin said...

terrific Lin, something I need to learn too

Felicity said...

Beautiful Lin! I love those subtle colours, it's fabulous!

Julie Oakley said...

Very good and you've got the structure so right.

AnastasiaC said...

Oh what a gorgeous artichoke!! beautiful colours and so yummy to eat!

Laura said...

Lin, you've done a beautiful job here. The artichoke has so much volume---really one of your best yet.