As part of my refresher and getting back into an old hobby, I always practice recreating a piece of artwork from one of my favorite pictures. The “three peppers” is a picture I took when Hubby and I were in the Grand Caymans and stumbled across an outdoor market that had beautiful fruits and vegetables displayed. I’ve already completed a rendering of my three peppers in graphite, oil, and pastel. Now, it’s time for a watercolor version.
Here is my portable setup while I sit in my comfy art chair in our family room. My art chair is actually an “armless chair” that is quite comfy. I love having no arms on my chair as I can freely move my arms around or quickly change my sitting position. I have a hard board that I use when I work with single sheets of art paper. My favorite size is a 11″x14″ board where I can then clip my watercolor paper to the top side of the board and also have my mixing palettes and shop towel within reach.
My three peppers are still a work in progress. I took my time with my painting process. I started the first layer using the light colors. For the next layer I used medium-toned colors. It was getting late and I decided to stop what I was doing and take a quick picture. Right now, my peppers look like they are floating on the paper.
I need to apply a layer or two of darker colors and add the shadows under the peppers. A great start into my watercolor adventure.
My Watercolor Supplies
Paint: Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor
Brush: Cheap Joe’s Golden Fleece Travel Brush #8
Paper (140lb/300gsm 100% cotton): Strathmore 500 Series Premium 5″x7″ paper
Paint Palette: Art Toolkit by Expeditionary Art
Mixing Palette: Small porcelain flower palette (Hobby Lobby)