Friday, October 17, 2014

Blackcurrant Redcurrant - My Current Jam Labels

jam labels project

Painting blackcurrant and redcurrant was fun. Those closely related berries brought some challenge for me as an artist. I had to juggle between botanical approach (e.g. realistic painting) yet still keep in mind that those tiny berries will be even tinier on the jam labels. So, in spite of my love to realism in watercolor, I had to simplify a little. 
I still wanted some details on the blackcurrant and redcurrant berries, so I painted them doubling the real size on paper. And when I painted, I had to step aside quite a bit in order to see the "whole picture" and not to get lost in the berry maze. 

It is interesting to note that when I painted blackcurrant, I had to apply red (Alizarin Crimson) as the first wash, in order for the black to have rather warm tint.
On another hand, when painting redcurrant, I used black and purple while red was still wet. That helped me to indicate transparency of the redcurrant berries, kind of see-through berry seeds feeling:

jam labels project

The jam labels project continues. I am not only eating lots of good fruits and berries, but definitely "killing" many birds with one stone: researching botanical structure of the fruits and berries, having good time painting with watercolors, and accomplishing a big important project.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Jam Labels Project Rising

realistic painting

About a month ago I've received a request from one jam producing company from Great Britain.
They loved my Farmers Delight series, which was created after my first Jam Labels project:

farmers market delight

This company thought my style of painting will fit greatly the labels of their jams, relishes, and marmalade. 

realism in watercolor

There will be dozens of new designs that I will need to create. I am quite excited about this new Jam Labels opportunity. It will involve my artist skills and polish my illustrator skills as well.

Many hours of work are ahead; but for now, the jars are waiting for the labels 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Having A Sweet Tooth

watercolor honey

I remember when my grandma brought a honeycomb from farmers market (I probably was 4 or 5 years old) I kept asking her how those bees could fit in such little holes. I was absolutely sure that honeycomb was just like an apartment building for bees...

Good sweet memories! 

My grandma used to say:"Chew it up, the whole thing, the most vitamins are in the honeycomb itself".

Old fashion "chewing gum".

These days I definitely have a sweet tooth, not only for honey but also for painting :0)

realism watercolor

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