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Watercolor: Nuts, Raisins, Seeds

March 7th, 2014 by

Nuts, Raisins and Sunflower Seeds, watercolor and ink pen by Leora Wenger, 2014

Nuts, Raisins and Sunflower Seeds, watercolor and ink pen by Leora Wenger, 2014


I painted this scene of nuts, raisins and sunflowers seeds for the food exercise in One Watercolor a Day. I’m not convinced of the scale I chose – perhaps since I made the nuts as big as I did, the sunflower seeds should be bit bigger? But no point to criticizing one’s own work – here it is for you to view. In the Facebook group for One Watercolor a Day, someone painted a lobster. It was quite a painting – lively and colorful. As I keep kosher, I would not have considered lobster for a food study, but that’s the sort of range one gets with these exercises. I also did a watercolor food study of beets – perhaps I will post that one closer to Pesach (Passover) and tell you how to make fermented beets, one of my favorite foods.

My son bought a new printer, an Epson XP-310 (or I bought it for him). I used the scanner for this painting, and I was quite pleased with the results – no more excess gray. I may buy a standalone scanner so I will have a larger scanner (the Epson XP-310 is quite small). When I do, it most probably will be an Epson.

The next watercolor exercise I plan to try is to paint some toys. I have a doll in mind to add to my still life. What other toys should I add? We still do have plenty of toys in this house, even if my children are no longer little.

12 Responses to Watercolor: Nuts, Raisins, Seeds

  1. Carver says:

    I like this water color very much!

  2. Leora says:

    Thank you, Carver!

  3. Lorri M. says:

    This is lovely, Leora. I like the combination of food items, along with the tones. It has a very warm aspect to it.

    • Leora says:

      Thanks, Lorri. It was a challenging subject – I’ve never painted nuts before. Tomorrow I’m going to try dolls (my daughter thought I was going to put paint on her dolls – I said, no, I’m just going to make a watercolor of them!).

  4. Arleen says:

    You are such a talented lady. I thought your water color was beautiful. I can’t even draw a stick man. I love beets and look forward to your recipe for fermented beets

  5. Susan Cooper says:

    Very nicely done my friend. I understand the scale thing, nevertheless, it’s still a nice composition. :-)

    • Leora says:

      Susan, you are the only person thus far to note and understand the issue with scale! I think if I repeated this twenty times, I would get it right. But no need … moving on to the next exercise. Thank you for the compliment.

  6. Tuhin says:

    You used ink pen right? Normal ink pen or any specialized drawing pen?

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