View Full Version : Life is a Bowl of Cherries WDE June 5 WIP

06-06-2004, 01:10 AM
Hi gang!

I barely got started today, when I remembered the rodeo was on out here and I wanted to take some photos, so I got some done tonight. This is at the 2.5 hour stage (sorry, got carried away once I got going) I will work on it again tomrrow after I get home. (from the rodeo again).

I have some mask on there so it looks kinda funny....now to do the bowl without wrecking the cherries!

9 X !2 w/c on Arches cp 140#


06-06-2004, 01:17 AM
Wow! Those cherries look good enough to eat (except for the masking-probably make 'em sticky...) :D . Can't wait to see more of your work on this. Very awesome!! :clap: :clap:


06-06-2004, 01:25 AM
When I first opened this post, I thought it was a digitally manipulated photograph........the masking gives it a surreal feeling.....it almost seems to be a metaphor about ....something.??? mass of people alone together in a desolate world??? (it is getting late here on the east coast....lolol)

06-06-2004, 01:27 AM
I can tell that you're really liking those watercolours! Those cherries absolutely rule! I'll be watching for future posts. :clap: :clap: :clap:

06-06-2004, 01:45 AM
Thankyou Denise, Preston and Deano!

I am enjoying w/c more and more...must be getting the hang of 'em! Now let's just see if I can finish this without messing it up! :D ;)

06-06-2004, 02:03 AM
I am bowled over by your cherries, will look in again for an update.


06-06-2004, 02:05 AM
Lorna this is already looking wonderful! :clap: I know the finished painting is going to be another really good one!!

06-06-2004, 05:04 AM
Thankyou Denise, Preston and Deano!

I am enjoying w/c more and more...must be getting the hang of 'em! Now let's just see if I can finish this without messing it up! :D ;)
Lorna I never seen you mess up anything with anything -come on make my day ;-) these cherries look sooooooo plump and delicious - and if I know you you'll have us eating the bowl too. Your ability and interpretations never fail to amaze me

06-06-2004, 05:28 AM
now to do the bowl without wrecking the cherries!

You mean without eating the cherries ? I look forward seing that (probably tomorrow for me). I am confident you will succeed.


06-06-2004, 06:55 AM
Wow, these are beautiful. I can't wait to see the next stage.


Andrew Rance
06-06-2004, 10:01 AM
Big impact with those cherries - look forward to seeing the end result!

06-06-2004, 10:04 AM
Hi gang!

I barely got started today, when I remembered the rodeo was on out here and I wanted to take some photos, so I got some done tonight. This is at the 2.5 hour stage (sorry, got carried away once I got going) I will work on it again tomrrow after I get home. (from the rodeo again).

I have some mask on there so it looks kinda funny....now to do the bowl without wrecking the cherries!

9 X !2 w/c on Arches cp 140#


WHEW! I'm always amazed when I see stuff like this. It boggles the mind. How in the heck did they do that!? :clap: :clap: :clap:

06-06-2004, 10:18 AM
Yes, transparent w/c is wonderful, isn't it! Particularly yours here!!! :clap:

Know exactly what you mean about not wrecking the cherries with the bowl... What makes a still life like this so hard for me is trying to understand how to give just enough detail to the 'background' so it's not incongruous with the center of interest, yet not detract from that center. Landscapes are so much easier, since one can reasonably be very out of focus for foreground and background (assuming focus is in middle ground) -- but a still life has so little depth to it IRL.
That's why I liked the bread/rose/knife image, I guess -- the bread and knife were such simple forms in themselves that a very simple treatment of them suffices, without detracting from the intricacy of the rose. (On my first draft I didn't take time to do the rose with any care, but hope to do another version this coming week.)

I'm going to study your treatment of this still life carefully to see how you detail the 'background.' Hope I'll learn a lot -- but no pressure! :evil:

06-06-2004, 10:31 AM
I am truly amazed at the detail you have achieved with watercolors....... I didn't believe this degree of realism could be expected........ what a delightful surprise..... waiting for updates.....


06-06-2004, 11:05 AM
Great colour on those cherries - looking forward to seeing it complete.


06-06-2004, 12:06 PM
I feel I could reach out and pick those cherries up - great depth of colour for watercolours. Looking forward to seeing it finished.

06-06-2004, 03:49 PM
Lorna, can tell already this is going to be gorgeous. I was tempted by this but chose something else. Will check back to see how you are doing.

Ruth Grinstead
06-06-2004, 03:53 PM
Lorna, your cherries look mouthwateringly good :clap: .


06-06-2004, 04:14 PM
Fantastic Lorna...your cherries are to die for,IMHO. :) :clap: :clap: :clap:

06-06-2004, 05:17 PM
Thanks so much everyone! The rodeo got rained out today, so I got a bit more done.

Anyway, got the bowl done (mostly)...boy was that a challenge...I really had no idea where to start! Using a scap piece of w/c paper I tested several different color combo's before I found the one I thought would be good, but even then I was afraid to put it around the cherries. Then I thought "What the heck...it's only paper and a bit of paint...I can do it again if I wreck it" so I dove in! Here's the result....You be the judge.....there is still some mask on the bowl, the cherries are finished (accept for the stem), no mask on them anymore. More later....


Celia...if you haven't seen detailed w/c before you should check out this thread of cyrillejubert's...he is an awesome watercolorist...I can only hope and pray (and practise) to be this good some day! It's a long thread but the finished image is worth the read! (so are his humourous writings along the way :D ) This link is for the page with the finished piece.(I think, depending on how many replies to a page you are set for, I'm set for 20)

06-06-2004, 05:45 PM
WOW Lorna as I expected you captured this bowl just beautifully. It is a great contrast to your mouthwatering cherries, the brilliance of the cherries against the pewter color of the bowl is marvelous. Will check back again, this is worth seeing come to life and spending more than 2 hours on . Fantabulous.

06-06-2004, 05:48 PM
WOW. This is absolutely amazing. My husband and I both love it. The cherries look even better than they do in real life (we're finishing the last of them today), and our humble little Cost Plus bowl is rendered to perfection. The texture on both is perfect. It couldn't be better if you'd spent a week on it. I am so excited about seeing this one finished. I can't wait to see what you do with the cloth!


06-06-2004, 06:44 PM
Lorna....... Your bowl of cherries is absolutely exquisite...... the bowl and it's reflections just enhances the rich colors and shiny surface of the cherries..... I'm in awe.......... I checked out cyrillejubert's thread, and I'm amazed at the realism that can be achieved with watercolor...... I have new determination and respect for the medium........ I've found that I have a severe sensitivity to pastel dust, even using protective glasses and an air purifier....... my eyes turn to coals.......... so I'm disappointed, and looking for something besides colored pencils to take the place of my beloved pastels...... I like realism, and your version of the bowl of cherries is just about as close as you can get......... great job.......... lovely piece....... I can't wait to see the finish......


06-06-2004, 07:13 PM
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06-06-2004, 08:43 PM
Super work, Lorna!!! :clap: :clap: I know this takes a lot of patience and since I wasn't crazy about my first tomatoes, I decided to slow down and redo in w/c especially since I see how well your cherries came out. What colors did you use for the shadows?? I'm going to check out that detailed watercolor thread too.

The bowl colors work!


06-07-2004, 02:42 AM
Excellent, such richness of colour. I am thinking about getting those watercolours out again too!!

06-07-2004, 03:29 AM
I think I will call this finished (maybe...)

I had real trouble trying to make the cloth twinkle as it does in the photo...I really liked that. I achieved it a bit I think...may try to put a bit more in the shadow part. I just about gave up and used acrylics on the whole thing to get it right... actually I did used acrylic for the sparkle...just dragged the brush barely over the surface with white.

Celia, not to discourage you from trying w/c, but since the dust is a bother to you, have you considered trying oil pastels instead. NO dust!

Katju, the colors I used for the cherries are: vermillion, brilliant orange, lemon yellow and for the shadows...alizarin crimson with a touch of navy blue (just enough to darken it). Actually, I used the same colors on the cloth, leaning to the pink side slightly but with enough orange and yellow to go with the cherries. (I hope?)


edited to add: :o I'm sorry, I forgot to say thankyou for all the lovely compliments, everyone! :o THANKYOU!

06-07-2004, 05:04 AM
Wow. This is stunning. I can't believe you could achieve such depth of colour in watercolour and the cloth is beautiful. :clap: :clap: :clap:

06-07-2004, 11:28 AM
Not everyone can switch from one medium to another with such facility. I think you said watercolor was new to you, but you make it look like an old friend. There is so much good about this painting. I am just learning to make the shadows dark and darker, as these are.

06-07-2004, 12:58 PM
When I opened this thread and saw the cherries, I was filled with a feeling of great interest and vague longing and realize I haven't had breakfast yet- you've made me hungry !!!! I am rivetted by the plump juicy cherries, and their reflection in that perfect bowl. Congrats on an amazing painting !! :clap: :clap: :clap:
( I have to go eat now- my stomach's begun to grumble !)

06-07-2004, 01:02 PM
Oh wow Lorna, your cloth turned out superb. Love the sparkles and the texture you achieved in the cloth. Your folds are marvelous. This is just such a winner as far as a painting goes. You should be extremely pleased. :clap: :clap: :clap:

06-07-2004, 04:09 PM
What a wonderful finish! And how did I miss this yesterday?? The photo was good, but your version of it is STUNNING!

four clappy people for you! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

06-07-2004, 10:42 PM
I always expect a great job from you, Lorna, but this painting even goes beyond that. The cherries, the bowl, the complex cloth...you've nailed them all. outstanding! :clap: :clap: :clap:

06-08-2004, 12:22 AM
Thankyou all, so much...you are such nice people!!

Connie, when I said that I had only done a few watercolors and considered myself new...that must have been back in Jan. WDE's...I have been doing more and more of them and finallyfeel I am getting the hang of them! I give credit to the WDE's for my growth in this medium...they (wde's) make me push to try harder and I have had such wonderful inspiring photos to work from for the last 5 months!

WDE'S RULE!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

06-08-2004, 12:42 AM
This is a tricky image, and you are in full control! :clap: :clap: :clap: Love metal bowl with all reflections and hats off for cloth work!

Charlie's Mum
06-08-2004, 07:37 AM
Rich, luscious and soooooooooooooo inviting. You've done an incredible job here - and these cherries won't take long in the market place!!!!!!!
You've achieved wonders with the cloth too-and the bowl. Aw heck, I'm drooling! :D :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

06-08-2004, 10:08 PM
been working some long hrs so haven't had a chance to follow your progress on this
the amount of detail you have achieved is awesome and the amount of control used is to be envied

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06-09-2004, 12:10 AM
Thankyou so much Alex, Maureen and zardoz, for your very kind comments! It was a challenge I enjoyed!

06-10-2004, 06:47 PM
Oooooooooh! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh! GORGEOUS!! :clap:

thanks for the answer about colors, Lorna. I've never heard of brilliant orange. I have vermillion and cad orange. They're tricky because they're opaque. You've had great success this weekend! :clap: And the cloth is superb.


06-11-2004, 09:09 PM
can i have those bowl of cherries!!!!!!;) they are amazing as usual lorna! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
I just now saw u have become a WC guide! i know am so late ,was not here for sometime... anywyas Congrats on that too!! you deserve it :clap:


06-11-2004, 10:02 PM
It.s gasping, jaw-on-floor stunning!
(and I almost missed it)

06-12-2004, 01:51 AM
Thankyou Kathy, Paapu and Wendy!

I did a bit of touch ups on this...I wasn't very happy with the cloth in the shadow area so I took white acrylic paint on a pin and placed a bunch of dots in the pattern areas and then did a light glaze of color over them....now I am happier with it! I don't know if it will show up on here or not, but here is the final version.

edited to add...no, the sparkle and glow didn't show up as in real life...oh well, it's done! Ready for tomorrow now!