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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Kitchen "A Bowl of Fruit X 3" Lynn Cohen


It is so interesting how the inner critic works. I thought to draw this bowl of fruit, two oranges and a mango, on my kitchen counter JUST using watercolors, no drawing first. When I got done I thought, "I sure am NOT good at this!"

Then after I scanned it I "improved it" in Picasa making the scanned picture "brighter" and I liked it a little bit more.



But it still wasn't ME yet. So I decided to do what I think I do best and I added INK.


What I find most interesting is that after theses several "adjustments" to my original painting, I decided that the first one wasn't that bad after all. LOL

And after looking at all three, I see that each one has a personality of it's own, it's own style, and they are all three quite acceptable to me.

So much for "inner critic". Yes, the drawing is quite primitive. Yes it is simple/simplistic. No, it's not GREAT ART. But it's okay art. And worth sharing! At least I think so. I'm so happy I can squelch my inner critic so well nowadays!

Winsor & Newton Watercolors
Prismacolor C

17 comments:

  1. Good for you. Like what you do! I have often tweaked my paintings digitally. I enables you to make changes without the danger of destroying what you have already done. Sometimes the result is good and sometimes not but with a click of a button you can remove the change and you are back to the was it was before. Can't do that with paint. I like the pen lines you added. I did the same to mine.

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    1. Thanks Fran. I don't usually tweak my art much this way, other than to brighten a scanned picture to make it look more like the original. But this time it was a process all it's own. Fun too. Yes, I am big on black lines.

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  2. Your work is awesome any which way you go Lynn. I like all three version and like the added ink and other, but I do like your first version, because it's you. Down to earth, don't mess with me style. Tee hee. Nice going.

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    1. Ah Gloria, you are too kind! ;-) Thanks.

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  3. All three are definitely worth sharing. I think I actually like the first one best! It's fun to see the different versions.

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    1. It's fun for me getting all these different takes on it from all of you too!

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  4. Con and I pick the original one. Just in case you cared...LOL yep sometimes I find myself overworking something because of my inner critic. I do find that leaving something overnight will make me see things more clearly and shut up tha critic. :))

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    1. Good point Cris. Fun that Con got in on the voting! ;-) Of course I care!

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  5. I like the progression as you did some additions. I love how it looks with the added ink.

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    1. Well good then. Seems to have struck everyone's fancy in one way or another.

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  6. But Lynn I already like the first version when I see it. :) Maybe adding darker color like a glaze could help? I surely believe you can do this in watercolor without the sketch! I hope to see it in your future post. You got potential!

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    1. Elisa, the first one IS watercolor without a sketch first! I think that's what threw me off for a minute. I was unsure of my being able to pull that off. I'm glad it's getting such nice reviews! ;-))) thanks for your encouraging words!

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  7. The colours, the fruit and the perspective make me think of a Cézanne painting. So interesting to see the three phases, and as you say, each one with a life of its own.

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    1. Gee Jez, that's got to be the hugest compliment ever! Thank you so much!

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  8. Yes, I like all three too. And yes, it's so important to talk down that inner critic, so that avenues aren't closed before you've even gotten a chance to start down them! (for me)

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    1. I hear you Margaret! I rarely battle mine anymore. I'm much more accepting of where I am artistically speaking. I realize it as one huge learning curve, and as I've only been doing it, this my third year I accept my novice stance and am just excited that I am doing it at all. I try really hard not to compare what I do to others, and look forward and trust that I'll just keep on improving over time.

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