Fancy Dishes

18×12 Pen and Ink and Watercolor

Fancy Dishes

I was inspired to try this painting by Brenda Swensen and her post on Zeta paper.  So I grabbed some of my wife’s Pfaltzgraff dishes (Napoli style) and set them up on the corner of my desk.  I have six can lights in my Library that doubles as an art studio, so there were a lot of highlights on the dishes.  I tried to get most of them by painting around the brightest leaving just white paper and lifting color out with a wet brush and a dry paper towel.

This was a lot of fun.  This was the first time that I painted something sitting in front of me.  That made a big difference.  Usually, I paint with my imagination, that is, imagining what the object looks like and painting it that way.  This time I kept the subject in front of me and what a difference that made!

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