Pomegranate in a Teacup, ink & watercolor

Pomegranate in a Teacup, ink & watercolor

Randomly grabbing items to sketch, a little still life composed itself:  one of my sister’s teacups, an aging pomegranate and an Adobe user manual (I keep four of their heavy manuals handy as weights to flatten my sketchbook when scanning it).

I’ve spent the past few days making my first hardcover journal (more about that when it’s done being pressed). And now my current sketchbook only has about 20 pages left and then I’ll get to start the new one. I used to treat sketchbooks like they were so precious and couldn’t waste a page. I’m so much happier now that I use them for everything, and enjoy filling them because that means I get to start another one. I even subject them to sketchbook abuse, dragging it everywhere and not worrying if it gets bumped or dirty, sort of the way siblings poke each other as a way of showing sisterly love.

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Drawing, Food sketch, Ink and watercolor wash, Painting, Sketchbook Pages, Still Life
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  1. Good for you, Jana! I’m keen to see what sort of book you’ve made. And that reminds me that I need a new one with more w/colour papers…off to art store I go!

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  2. Well done, Jana. Just exactly what one is free to do with a sketchbook. It gives it all character on top of character.

    This pomegranate is really interesting. I keep thinking of how to paint or draw one and now, you’ve shown how it can be done well. It is unique and beautiful.

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  3. Definetely like the idea of actually using the sketchbook. Everytime I see your sketches I wonder why I don’t do this more-just select stuff to draw for practise?

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    • Yep, I think the trick is to try to fill the sketchbook, and not think of it as needing to be filled with paintings but a variety of stuff, from notes about your art ideas, color testing, random sketching, collaging in elements from your day, overheard conversations, movie recommendations, etc. I like the idea of it being a journal, a sketchbook, and a sort of home in a book. Jana

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  4. LOVED the teacup. And you found the best use for computer manuals (are they WRITTEN by a computer?) that I have ever seen. Good for you to use up sketchbooks the same way you’re using your computer manuals. A worthy goal.

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    • I do tend to read computer manuals but once I do, they just become paper weights, since most programs have their help files on line (and you’re really lucky if they even come with a manual at all). They’re written so much better than they used to be. I remember the manual that came with my first computer printer in the late 80s. It was written in Japanese and I think translated through several other languages before it got to English. It would have been funny if I hadn’t needed it so badly! Jana

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  5. I love the contrast of ideas/worlds in the subject matter of this one and the contrast in your handling of the media in the previous one (the tight logo vs. the loose handling of paint). Like movies, I always like art that has an element of unexpectedness to it. Happy New Year Jana!

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    • That is such a great point, about unexpectedness. It really is a delight in art or movies. I love it when I think I have a movie all figured out and I’m wrong. And a painting that allows you to explore and find more as you do is so much more interesting than a painting of something, period. Happy New Year to you too (and apologies for taking forever to reply!) Jana

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  6. Loved visiting with you and reading your last few posts – the Honk at Brennans, the fun clothes in the store windows, and your adventure in bookbinding. Can’t wait to see it! Isn’t the Pilot Varsity pen fun to use?

    Happy New Year!
    Shirley

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  7. Love the richness of the pomegranate. I’d be shy about going so dark, but love what has resulted from you doing just that.

    Best wishes for the new year Jana. You have and continue to inspire me!!!!!

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    • Thanks Suzanne! The inspiration is mutual. I was thinking about you and your art this morning when I woke up….wishing I had your wonderful design sense. Jana

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