#3: ELEMENTS (still backtracking)
So I did the elements of a recipe. I have drawn and painted this picture before, with more items and using watercolor, but given that I was using crayon, I chose just a few.
It takes a lot of work to build up different shades and blend! More than I was willing to put in, obviously. (And despite the reality of the packaging, I should have thought to choose different colors for the bag of beans, so as to give contrast with the bell pepper, but...whatever.)
So--here are crayoned elements of a favorite winter-time dish: Bonanza Beans, which I am making tonight.
I also did #7: PERSPECTIVE
I am not great at perspective--I tend to draw what I know is there, instead of what I actually see, and my eyes can't convince my brain to quit knowing and start looking, somehow. But I saved a photo of this tree-lined street--not exactly a pleached allee, but close, as the trees overhang the entire road--because I liked its perspective, so I decided to draw it for this exercise. I don't know who took the photo, or where it was taken, but I'm speculating France, based on the all-black hat and coat of the woman, and the ornateness of the fence.
I have not quite figured out how to paint foliage on trees. On the one hand, you can't paint every leaf; but you also need some definition, some variation, from the blobs of green you painted as a child. This got a bit blurry, but for a short, sketchbook attempt it's okay. Maybe I'll try this one again someday, on good watercolor paper, as a "real" painting and see how it goes.
Micron pen, limited palette (greens, grays)