Colorful Watercolor Landscape of Pond

colorful landscape of fake pond
I posted this colorful landscape of a pond near my work (on Instagram and then on Facebook) – I called it “fake.” A friend said, no, it is real. Another friend suggested we might end up with an debate on what is considered to be real and what is considered to be fake. It is a bit like weeds – do you like it in your garden? Yes? Then it is not a weed.

I am hoping by posting this watercolor I will inspire myself to go back to doing watercolor painting. When life gets busy, sometimes it is nice to do nothing. On the other hand, producing art can be quite satisfying.

What inspires you to paint? Do you sometimes want to do nothing?

Boy in Tree – Watercolor

boy in tree - watercolor
What are the things in life that bring you joy? I love when I get inspired to paint or draw. A few weeks ago I found this old photo; a day later I had painted this watercolor. Fortunately or unfortunately, I have been busy with other parts of my life, and I have not painted nearly as much as I would like. Sometimes I do take a sketch pad with me, so there are a few drawings of people in my sketch pad. I found another photo that could also make a nice watercolor – perhaps I will squeeze in the time to do a watercolor of that photo.

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Eggplant Dip Recipe – with Radish and Cilantro Watercolor

eggplant with radishes - watercolor by Leora Wenger
Would you like to make a creamy eggplant dip, no dairy involved, with tangy flavor and chopped vegetables? Read on.

Ingredients for main dip:

  • 1 eggplant
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 onion (optional)
  • 1 lemon for its juice
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt, pepper, cumin to taste
  • Fresh cilantro (you can use parsley, but it won’t be quite as flavorful)

Ingredients for salad mixins / toppings:

  • 2 or 3 red radishes, chopped small
  • 1 cucumber, chopped in cubes
  • 1 tomato, chopped in cubes (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped red onion (optional)
  • 1 chopped scallion (optional)

Bake the eggplant in a casserole dish at 375 for about 1.5 hours or until soft. Scrape out the insides into food processor. Place all the ingredients for the main dip (garlic, onion, lemon juice, olive oil, spices, cilantro) into the food processor. Blend until smooth. Before serving, add chopped vegetables: radishes, cucumber, tomato, red onion, scallion. Serve at room temperature. Enjoy!

P.S. I just bought an Instant Pot. So far, I’ve used it to make flavored rice. Maybe my next watercolor will have some of the ingredients of my rice dish. Have you bought an Instant Pot? What do you make with it?

Man in Parka – Watercolor Sketch

man in parka watercolor
This watercolor sketch of a man in parka was painted while looking at a photo from 1985. Seems like another age – before digital photos. If you wonder why the background looks like ancient ruins, it was indeed somewhere in Israel. I do not know where in Israel.

When lousy things happen, either in the news or in one’s personal life, it is helpful to have expressive outlets. Some play music. Some write essays. I am pleased that I started painting again.

What is your expressive outlet?

Girl with Sunglasses – Watercolor

girl in sunglasses - watercolor
After months of not painting or posting, I am finally back to doing watercolor! Here is a watercolor painting of a girl wearing sunglasses. Does she look like a spy? The setting is Grounds for Sculpture in Hanilton Township, New Jersey, a wonderful place for an excursion.

I am happy to paint watercolors again. What subject(s) should I tackle next? I will play with ideas.

Note: I need to remember that I used software called VueScan to do this scan. When I did it straight with Photoshop or with Image Scan on the mac, both came out too bright and blurred details.

I hope you will continue to visit. Feel free to leave a comment on any creative endeavors you have been pursuing or enjoying.

Three Landscapes By the Water: Watercolors, Markers

landscape by the water watercolor
Recently my theme has been landscape with water – this one is a playful watercolor with colors not necessarily seen in the “original” scene. I can see possibilities for doing the scene again in different ways. I would like to spend more time studying the architecture of the house, for example.

Figure by the Lake. watercolor by Leora
This watercolor with a figure by a lake displays an underlying drawing a more or less true to the original composition. Unlike the one above, the colors are more muted. I like the idea of doing this scene with oils or with gouache or with stronger watercolor choices. I love the photo that I took of the scene; however, I don’t want to post it because I would rather viewer see just my artwork rather than judging the artwork based on the photo.

Landscape with sea made with markers
This frenetic, busy, intense marker-drawn scene was inspired by a series of videos called Sketchbook Revival. One artist talked about selected certain colors and then just making marks as desired – somehow this fun scene came out of my marker pens as a result. Like the scene on top, this one also has a house by the water. All three have signs of human involvement – the top one has a house, a pathway, a fence and tiny figures on the path. The second has the figure by the lake. The last one has the least – just a scribble scrabble hint of a house.

Over to the readers: What do you like to draw? Has one subject recently inspired you? If you have not drawn or painted, would you like to get started?