At the bottom of the small orange fruit, where there is a slight dimple in the orb, I press it in until the skin ruptures. From there, I peel the skin away. One curious feature of the tangerine is just beneath the protrusion on the pole opposite the dimple. Once the peeling reaches that geometry, […]

Damn Squirrels

Now it could be one or more of them. I can’t tell them apart. But they (or it) like(s) to much on my favorite succulent. I don’t mind that the squirrels eat all the figs, although I do fear for the branches when some of the fatter ones sneak out to the furthest leaf to […]

Core of the Matter

I took to the back porch with the passion fruit (see posts for previous passion fruit encounters: Passion Fruit Still Lifes, Passion Fruit Revisited). The fruit was so delicate, it almost collapsed in my hand. Even though I had an idea of what the insides look like by ripping it apart, I was hoping to […]

Group 18: Old Experiments Not Yet Cataloged for Sale

Below is the eighteenth  group of watercolors that I painted for earlier posts in this blog. The paintings below depict the life cycle of a dragonfruit, a subset of my ‘fruit period’. Originally posted on March 20, 2014 (Single Dragonfruit): Originally posted on March 23, 2014 (Dragonfruit Unchained): Originally posted on March 25, 2014 (Dragonfruitus Resumptus): Originally posted […]

Group 17: Old Experiments Not Yet Cataloged for Sale

Below is the seventeenth  group of watercolors that I painted for earlier posts in this blog. The paintings below are still lifes (still lives?). I painted these in my ‘fruit period’. Originally posted on March 22, 2014 (Not Done with Symmetry Yet):   Originally posted on March 27, 2014 (Moving On): Originally posted on April 2, 2014 (Kiwi […]

Yellow Flower – Final

As promised yesterday, I implemented my idea in today’s watercolor experiment of yet another attempt at painting the elusive yellow succulent flower. But first, as I promised to myself, a daily shading study: Today’s watercolor experiment: I made a couple of attempts to paint a representation of the yellow flowers on one of my succulents, neither […]

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 […]

Hydrangea Flowerlet

Today’s watercolor experiment: Yesterday I painted an entire bunch of hydrangea flowerlets that make up a hydrangea bloom. I approached that composition from the ‘Grape and Mango’ lesson in Yuko Nagayama’s book You Can Paint Vibrant Watercolors in Twelve Easy Lessons. I substituted the flowerlets  for the grapes and proceeded from there. An individual grape is more […]