It's been a while since I've painted anything but class work or Christmas cards. I've set up some of the gourds Sweetie and I purchased at the Rising Sun Navy Bean Festival back in the fall and took photos during a sunny day. I finally got around to using them for a painting.
Using a 4 x 6 photo, I drew out the 3 gourds I wanted to use on a piece of tracing paper. Then I transferred that to a sheet of Arches 140# cold press watercolor paper (fourth sheet size = 11" x 15")
Then I began painted in the gourds/pumpkins and the dark shadow shapes (which is what I found so interesting about this set-up).
I need to bring in some more colors and depth on the pumpkins and get those "warts" on there, too.
I'll do more later...but today, class is coming and they'll be doing more Christmas cards. Out of 5 students, I always have 1 missing so, for me, it's worked out with setting up in the kitchen. If I ever have 5 students coming all the time - or 6, I'll have to find a new setting or get a different set-up so everyone has plenty of room. But I'm not complaining. It's fun to share what I've learned with others and to see their growth - and it's fun to just have a reason to study some technique and paint different things.