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Watercolor with Me: Quick and Easy Pear

teacher avatar Jessica Sanders, Artist | Designer

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3 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Welcome!

    • 2. Let's Paint a Pear part 1

    • 3. Let's Paint a Pear part 2 & Thank You

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Hi, I’m Jessica Sanders, a self-taught mixed-media artist who loves exploring art and sharing it with you!

Let’s paint a quick and easy pear - in real time!

In this short beginner watercolor class, we will paint a pear together.  We will practice adding light and shadow, and paint a lovely little pear. 

This class is not meant to be an in-depth study of pears!  We will keep it light, loose, and simple.  Let's focus on exploring and enjoying watercolor. <3

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Jessica Sanders

Artist | Designer


Jessica Sanders

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1. Welcome!: Hello. Welcome to my skill share class. I'm guessing. Sanders Color. Make radio art dot com Today I want to invite you to a water color with me. Let's water color repair. In this short class will talk about light, medium and dark values and will paint a pair. And by the time you're finished, you'll have a lovely water color, so let's get started. 2. Let's Paint a Pear part 1: For this class, you will need watercolor paints, watercolor paper, water, watercolor, pete brush and a towel or cloth to tap off your pain. So let's paint a pair. I love painting pairs. That's something I do actually, quite often I paint them and watercolor and acrylic. I have a turquoise color here. Now. This is a special turquoise. It's called Sleeping Beauty Genuine. It's by Daniel Smith, and it's made from the actual mineral, and it's a lot of fun to have, but you don't have to have this particular turquoise. You can use any turquoise or blue green having your palate, since you can see I've next a fairly watery mixture, although this is a little bit thicker. But I wanted to be watery burst. I'm also going to be using Aussie Red Gold, which is another Daniel Smith color, and it's a really vibrant yellow orange works so beautifully with the city Beecher quits. But again, you could use any warm yellow that you have. That will be perfectly fine, and I'm also going to be using Payne's gray. This is pains blue, grey, but same story, chilly grey, or, if you want to make sure own So the first thing I'm going to do is sort of loosen myself, like literally. And I'm holding my brush. If you noticed here near the end not all type like this, I am going to basically be drawing with the water color. But it's so simple, You guys, you can really do this. So let's pick up a loose, watery turquoise. And basically a pair is a triangle sitting on top of a big, fat circle. So that's what we're going to think about. So here I'm just going to think about her angle, small triangle and a big fat circle. But I'm going to just go ahead and work into that because and leave a little white because I don't want that edge to dry hard. So the great thing, also about a pairs that it doesn't have to be this perfect shape pairs air kind of all odd sort of this odd shape, so don't worry about it. If it's not the perfect circle, the perfect, obviously not a perfect triangle. It's curved already, right? So I want to make that a little bit more smooth. I'm adding darker color. I'm going to pretend my light is coming here like this and shining across my pair. And so I'm leaving this lighter and adding mawr thicker paint, same color on this, the dark side of the pair. And basically, we're going to practice lighter lights and darker darks with this. What happens is the darker your darks than the lighter your lights appear. So now that I have my pair basically drawn, then I'm going to pick up some of my Aussie red gold and just going to drop it in, sort of here in the middle in different areas, some on the edge, and it's going to give this paired Nice green and golden glow. Maybe this care sitting in the sun, nice color there and just a tiny bit of the Paynes grey I'm going to lay in right along this edge, maybe a little bit more. This is quite wet, as you can see that the pigment is flowing, which is what I want. This watercolor after all, So that's looking pretty nice. They're pretty nice. You know what else I need any this Tim, I think though what I would like to do is mix a little of theosophy red gold with a little of the turquoise. I'm going to pick a little bit of that up and move it here to this corner and pull some of this paint over. So see that nice green? It's really pretty. And I'm going to drop that green in here. I can always get more of the turquoise if I need it. So go ahead and maybe even pick up a little bit more of that Dossary gold. From there, we gives us a little. Richard agreed to have a nice green pear. When I was a child growing up, my grandmother had a pear tree in her yard, and that was one of the most fun things was to get to go and pick a pair. Or a lot of times they fell right on the ground. You had to pick them up. So let's do the stand. I'm going to touch in here and pull up and sort of lift as I g o I want to be light. This is a really light touch here. Here we go, a little curve and I want to dark in that quite a bit. So I'm going to pick up my pains Blue, grey and rough it right in. Drop it right and it didn't drop in the first time. So I'm going to I had a little bit more. They're perfect that it runs there on top of the pair. I actually love that. Now. There's still quite wet, but I want to have the shadow down thinking about shadow and I want to again the lightest coming this way. So the largest died. The shadow is going to be over here, and I'm just laying down a little bit of water. It is a little bit yellow. I don't know if that picks up on the camera. Uh, I'm not putting too much. In fact, I may pick up a little bit that knew that be quite a puddle. And then I'm just going to go right along the edge, not touching, not touching. But then every now and then touching and it lets that color flow out, which I love that about water color so fabulous and look the perfect shadow. The other thing I would like to do is I want my pair to be sitting on a table. So I'm taking the same colors that I've been using, but really watery so super light. I'll use the green in super light version. Just going to just draw a line here. Kind of like it was the horizon line. Now, Matt, it might not be perfectly even, and I haven't touched the period, but I still might. And now I'm just going to really soften that and just give the hint or the idea that there is a table here and I want to touch my pair because I want that to be connected and a little bit more soft. But I'll pull that color out and I don't want it to be dark there. So I'm going to just dry my brush. And if you can see I'm drying my brush like this, then I'm lifting. I don't want this to become part of the Shadow, so that's why I'm doing it that way. I can't even clean my brush, dry it and lips and more. And I do want to soften this just a little sudden. Just gonna check that out a little and soften this and I'm also going to touch on this side barely lightly and soften this out as well. Now the yellow on this side or the yellow green is is flowing out. But it's not as dark and prominent as the split grade that we have over here. And I think I will add a little bit of splatter here on this bottom corner. A little bit went up there. That's perfect, actually, a little bit more water. There we go. Now it's time to let this dry and then I'll be back to put on the second layer of water color. But so far it is looking scrunches 11. 3. Let's Paint a Pear part 2 & Thank You: Okay. Everything is dry now and what I want to do first off, I think, is lift a little bit of paint. I see. I want a little bit more light. This looks a little bit dull right now, but wait and see. We're going to really kick it up with our next layer. And typically, I do these in two layers. So the second layer is going to really make it pop. So I want to lift a little bit of color here because I feel like that's just a little bit 22 dark. I want to be more glowy. So I have a tissue using the clean spot there. Add a little water. Now, I'm just lifting that pain just a little. And then the other thing I want to do really quick is sort of soften this shadow. I'm this highlight and that area. Okay, Now what I want to do next is go in with my turquoise. This is a fabulous turquoise. See, it's pretty thick. I wanted to be fairly thick. Now I'm done with that superfluid sort of light laying in of color, and I want to add and were more of this beautiful turquoise. I'm going to be adding some water as I go notice. It's a little bit opaque. And now, instead of just making sweeping strokes, I'm making small sort of marks. That's going. They're going to leave texture and my painting, and that is exactly what I want. So what me work around this and what I want is light, medium and dark values. So when I said we were working on dark, light, dark lights, this what I meant. I think he needs a little bit of water. Now I'm going to clean my brush, step off some of that water and who worked my way in some of this area. I'm still leaving some texture. I think you can see it's really adding a nice I have like a shadow. There's a shadow here on on the pair because this smaller and there's that bump. So I want to add that in for sure, and I want to soften this, but I want to be definitely wanted to be more turquoise there all right, going all the way up, even adding in a little bit of turquoise to that stem just a dark and end up a bit. I'm really like, Okay, now I'm going to kick this side up a little bit by adding some dark next to this light are you? So I'm going to lightly go around this edge. This is a little bit wet again. I want the texture. So I've been going to tap it a little and just added the tiny bit there. And now I'm going to sort of soften some of this. Not all. Like I said, I want some texture. Now. I'm really loving this, really loving this. So far, we still have the man of shadow and this side of the pair. I wanted to be much darker, and so I'm going to pick up that pains Blue grey. But this time, instead of straight Payne's gray, I'm going to pick up some of our turquoise mix that in. So it's going to give it that darker turquoise headed it here. It's going to make a dark circles, a grade freshen, just adding a little bit of shadow. There, the dark side of the moon. This is already wet. Remember, we just painted here so it is wet. It's going to blend, adding a little bit more water now just tapping around. I wanted to be nice and smooth sailing here, and maybe they've been a little bit here. See, there's a little dark there that may be more dark than I wanted, but that's OK. Adding a little detail to stem. Okay, so now I'll go with that same mixture. I've got the pain blue gray and the turquoise mixed here and making that shadow. Yes, I'm touching in just like I did before, but this time I won't go out as far going to soften that right there so that my shadow is darkest right along. Yeah, I like having a soft edge on my shadows. Some people like more heart ege. That's completely a personal choice. So you do you you do what you like. I really like that. I'm going to add a little bit more turquoise to that Payne's gray. So I have turquoise here and I'll pick up a little paint screen, see how dark and rich that IHS I'm going to add that right in mm. Makes me so happy. So very happy. Now I'm going to dry my brush, pick up a little bit of this. I want a little bit more hint Darkness over here. I'm being a little fussy now. I don't often get very fucking, but I do. Sometimes when I add some nice details and I will add a few more splatters here with this crazy coming, Derek. Oh, it's going to affect the shadow. Some. I think I want to soften this and bring that dark around. So it's all dark all over there. It needs to be darker. I want this to be very dark. You've got a splatter in there where it's wit. Have a nice Okay, shadow. What you think? What do you think, guys? Me? Loosen that up a little bit. That's just too I'm loose for me. Okay? Maybe a little bit more green, which is made with the Aussie red, gold and the turquoise into my stem. Very. And I will call this pair. Don. This is a fabulous pair. It just looks really pretty. I hope that you enjoy trying out painting a pair. Thank you so much for joining me. So for your project, I would like to see you paint a pair If you want to put more You want to do several? Hey, you go right ahead. Shared with me in the project section. If you enjoyed this class, you enjoy painting the pair of you enjoyed How it's compact it into a short, really easy, doable lesson. Then please let me know that in the reviews in the comments and I love to hear your feedback You guys were just so awesome. So I can't wait to see your payers. Okay. Thanks so much.