Kitchen sketching

After lots of travel this summer I’m happy to be back in my kitchen. Not only because I miss home cooking, but also because I like to paint stuff on my kitchen counter.

I’m getting around to trying some of the stuff that I received in the generous goodie bag at the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Amsterdam. My pears were sketched in a watercolour sketchbook made by SM•LT Art. I tried the book first in Amsterdam but I was so exhausted from the heat wave that I really didn’t give it a fair chance. It’s a fairly smooth paper, much like a Stillman & Birn Beta sheet, and it takes the colour really well. Perfect for quick sketches and light washes, although I’m not sure how well it would hold up with lots of layers. I’ll get back to you on that.

I’m also giving a new Italian brush a try. I love brushes that are a bit unpredictable. This one is a Tintoretto brush I picked up at an art store in Siena. I love its elongated shape and the calligraphic strokes I can make with it. Isn’t it a great shape? I can’t wait to try it out for tree branches and power lines.

20 Comments on “Kitchen sketching”

  1. Chris Rusk says:

    Beautiful pears – gorgeous colour.
    (In my best Crocodile Dundee voice) ‘That’s a brush!’.

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  2. ravel99 says:

    kind of reminds me of Liz Tea Cup shadows too




  3. Donna says:

    The brush looks like a giant rigger. Must be natural hair? I’m painting tree roots right now and I probably would like that brush!


  4. Nice pears painting, I really like your gradiation of colour.


  5. steponeofsix says:

    Beautiful layers!


  6. Marylin Smith says:

    …..gorgeous pears and gorgeous brush!


  7. Jean Mackay says:

    Those shadows! I want to show them to everyone who thinks shadows are made from black pigments. Beautiful!


    • The trick for those shadows, as I’m sure you figured out, is to let the pear wash flow into the shadow wash. This paper actually allows for lots of luminosity in the colour, which I appreciated.


  8. Excellent …



  9. Bernadette says:

    Wonderful, beautiful pears…..exceptionally exquisite shadows! Oh my, this deserves a matt and frame to hang in the kitchen when the pears and season are gone.


    • I could certainly do this, but as you can imagine, I don’t have much wall space. And the art is mostly not my own. But I have so many things on my walls it is hard to find any space at all.


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