Fruits and Vegetables

three by five inches
watercolor on arches postcards

this is a little berry I did as a demo for a show my art group displayed. One of my friends walked by as I painted, aying, "I knew you wouldn't just use red." I beamed. Thanks, Nita, again

Martha Keim-St. Louis
11 x 15 inch
lana cold press

"Oranges" were painted in my garden in Richardson Texas some years ago , I came home with shopping goods and my paper bag tore open and all oranges were on the ground.My boys helped piking them up and put them on a garden chair and voila there was a new painting.

claudia Arztmann
19" x 13"
Arches 140#

While visiting friends in Maui, HI, last winter, I noticed a strange appendage hanging from her banana tree. The colors were so beautiful and the dappled sunshine made me paint this on my return home

Doris Roberts
Copper Kettle and Veggies
"Copper Kettle and Veggies"
9 x 7
watercolor on Arches 140# cold pressed

In one of my painting groups, our group leader brought all kinds of "stuff" for us to choose from and paint. Well I could just not get into it then but when I went home, I painted 6 of them! Guess I got into the fruits and veggies then but I loved doing the copper with them. This is 1 of the 6!

Rosie Phillips
Seeing Red on Oahu
"Seeing Red on Oahu"
Watercolor on clayboard

I saw this very red pinapple plant at the Dole farm on Oahu, Hawaii, and knew I just had to paint it. It was painted on clayboard, very slick stuff for watercolor, so a little frustrating, but fun at the same time.

Annika Farmer
Bosc Pears and Baked Beans
"Bosc Pears and Baked Beans"
20" x 28"
140 lb. Arches cold-pressed watercolor paper

This painting began as an experiment after seeing a painting by Myrna Wacknov in an article about her in Watercolor Magazine. She described a process where she painted on a surface which was gesso stamped with lace. I prepared my painting surface by stamping the wet gesso with pieces of an old curtain given to me by a friend It was fun painting on the gesso, and I was pleased with the results.

Barbara Sailor
Farmers Market
"Farmers Market"
17 x 22 inches
Watercolor on Arches

Painted a couple years ago Hillsboro Plein Air Competition, Juror was Robert Gamblin, third place award.

Carrie Holst
"Peppers "
Scleicher Schuell

We were strolling in the streets of one Anatolian village, and these hot peppers were strung and left to dry in the sun.

Betul Aydiner
Tropical Fruit Cluster
"Tropical Fruit Cluster"
14" x 20"
Canson 300 Cold Press/Winsor Newton

The hardest part was the black background. It is what it is.... fruit!

Barry Launius
12" x 16"
140 lb arches

Painted while at an outdoor show. Friends had bought the carrots at Farm Market and left them with me while thay toured the show.

M. E. Whitehill
Breakfast Fruit Bowl
"Breakfast Fruit Bowl"
Schuelle "Arkrona" paper WN paints

When the theme "Fruit and Vegetables" came up this month, I had nothing already painted but breakfast that morning had me looking at the table with it's dish of fruit - as New Zealanders we love our Kiwi fruit! and the tangelos were grown in our garden - so I had to paint what was in front of me - the breakfast fruit bowl!

Roy Boston
Les pommes / Apples
"Les pommes / Apples"
12 high x 15 inches
transparent watercolor on Arches 140 lb c.p.

Many fruits have delightful shapes, they offer a wide variety of colors. In this painting, I wanted to convey the shine and roundness of the apples and the hand made pottery.

Lorraine P. Dietrich, iaf , news
Fruit of the Vine
"Fruit of the Vine"
11 X 14
140 lb Fabriano

My goal for this painting was to make it look "old world" in coloring and charming as in "Italian". Yes, I am 100% American born Italian. :)

Gina Hall
Broken Bowl
"Broken Bowl"
14" x 22"
Arches 140 lb.

The broken bowl and shadows added drama to the painting.

Peter Parker
Green Pepper Series
"Green Pepper Series"

A few years ago I spent some time exploring the organic shapes of a green pepper from various cross sections and with different sketch media. This resulted in a mixed media painting, which I can't find, so here are the sketches. I hope this will give someone an idea to try.

Nita Leland
More Kiwis
"More Kiwis"
quarter sheet w/c paper
Fabriano/ M Graham

From Atlanta, GA but still love kiwis. This painting provided an opportunity to try a new brush. I got somewhat carried away with making stripes with a synthetic striping brush!

Nancy Blum
Autumn Still Life
"Autumn Still Life"
6 1/4" h x 10" w
transparent watercolor on 300 lb. Arches

A class demonstration.

Gwendolyn C. Bragg
Who Pears!
"Who Pears!"

I wanted to get a painting in before the deadline - had hoped to do a new one but it didn't happen. Love everyone's submissions.

Judy Silver
Ken's Hot Stuff
"Ken's Hot Stuff"
22'h x 30" w
300 lb. cold pressed D'Arches

My husband Ken's Tabasco pepper plant.

Carol Wickenhiser-Schaudt
Three Coconuts
"Three Coconuts"
12 x 16 in.
Winsor & Newton watercolors on Arches paper

Are coconuts fruits? I sure hope so.

Eileen Bondoc- Escueta
Pumpkin Patch
"Pumpkin Patch"
11 x 15
Arches 140#CP - Daniel Smith Watercolors

This quick painting is the result of a 1.5 hour demo I did last fall for an art organization. The painting was raffled off with the proceeds going to their scholarship fund. I believe they made approx $800. Now if I could just figure out how to make $600/hour on a regular basis I'd be living in high cotton! Until them I'll just keep paintin' more punkins'. Thanks for looking! SUSIE

Susie Short