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Summer Leftovers #1: Rosehips in Watercolor

Rosehips, watercolor on hotpress paper, 6x8"
Rosehips, watercolor on hotpress paper, 6x8"

After yesterday’s major migraine adding insult to a weeklong cold/flu bug, I’m grateful to be back among the living today, even if still less than 100%. It seemed like a good day to start doing some watercolor sketches of the collection of thingees I’ve saved from the summer, including pits from all my favorite stone fruits, shriveled and dried things from plants now gone, and stuff I’ve picked up on walks. These rosehips were the most recent and most colorful; all of the other stuff is in shades of brown and more about texture than color.

Since I’ve gotten used to oil painting alla prima*, it’s interesting to switch to watercolor and slow down to let sections/layers of watercolor dry before each next step. It makes for a nice rhythm and prevents that mindless paint paint paint I run into with oils. Waiting for the paint to dry gives time to step away and and then return to see what’s needed with fresh eyes and a chance to think a bit before putting down the paint.

*Alla Prima: A style of painting where the painting is done in one session while the paint is still wet. From the Italian word which literally means at all at once).

6 replies on “Summer Leftovers #1: Rosehips in Watercolor”

Oh, this is good! I remember a few years ago when I was looking for color, any color, out in the yard and picked some bright orangey-red rosehips to paint. You’ve done a beautiful job with these!


Funny how artists collect stuff other people toss out without a second thought! These are lovely shapes and colours. I’m switching between watercolour and oils right now, and it is interesting to note the different mindsets. Hope you’re completely recovered soon!


So many small things have wonderful shapes to peer at intently and seed pods are lovely objects to draw. I must pick up a few gumnuts lying on the ground nearby! At least my myopia doesn’t matter for close-up.


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