When in Doubt

I swore I wouldn’t paint another bunch of bananas for quite a while (Hasty Banana). However, since I am on a road trip with my wife, Joy, to visit the kids and grandkids in Burbank, I am limited in my subject matter. But, everyone has bananas. When in doubt, resort to the familiar.

I left all my watercolors and brushes at home. I planned to concentrate on pencil sketches while down here in Burbank.

Today’s watercolor experiment:

This is my model:

Photograph: Burbank Bananas

I began the sketch with an HB pencil and used a softer, 4B pencil to draw the darker tones and the bruises on this very ripe bunch. I used my finger to blend the gray tones. I did not erase any stray or tentative lines – a common practice among some pencil artists. Although I wanted to do so, I left my eraser in San Jose, so it was easier to resist the temptation.

Sketch: Burbank Bananas

Pencil Sketch – Burbank Bananas

I left my watercolors at home too, as I mentioned, but Bethany, my daughter had a set.  I couldn’t resist borrowing them to color this sketch.

Watercolor: Burbank Bananas

Burbank Bananas
5.5″x8.5″ 140# Cold Pressed Watercolor Pad

The half-pan colors of Bethany’s had no labels, but I used the same general color scheme as I had for the last few banana portraits: yellow, orange yellow, light green, dark earth color.

This is a far cry from the vibrant watercolors to which I aspire by following Yuko Nagayama’s book You Can Paint Vibrant Watercolors in Twelve Easy Lessons. This could be due to the fact that I painted over a smudged pencil drawing.

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