Watercolor Pears

I have been reading The Creative License in bits and pieces recently.  It’s a book by Danny Gregory, who writes about how to start a drawing journal.  It’s very inspirational and gives you prompts of what to draw and even teaches you a little about how to draw.  Anyway, in some of the beginning pages of the book he writes about finding the time to draw, since many people (including myself!) feel that they just don’t have the time in the day to sit down to draw.  His response is that we have more time than we know it, and one of his suggestions is to draw when you’re watching TV.

Well, Gavin and I have recently begun watching The Good Wife, via Netflix DVDs.  As we started watching an episode the other weekend, I thought to myself, why not try to draw while watching?  So, I got some pears from my produce box, arranged them, got my drawing journal, travel watercolor kit and went to town while watching a couple of episodes.

This is my first attempt, during the first episode.  I am happy with how it came out, but realized I really need to work on my arranging skills to come up with some interesting arrangements!

That was done in one episode.  Then we watched a second episode, so I started in on a new painting.  I liked how the first one came out, but am so much more pleased with the second attempt:

Then the next day our internet was down and my arrangement was still there, so I cut a pear in half, ate half and then kept myself entertained while not having the internet to turn to:

About jenny

Jennifer Smith Greene is originally from and lives currently in Burbank, California with her husband Gavin Greene. Jenny completed her undergraduate degree from Woodbury University in Graphic Design. She has worked as a graphics & web designer, both as an in-house and freelance designer. She also has completed a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. She has worked as a hospital chaplain and in support roles in various churches. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys watercolor painting. She has taken classes and workshops under Joseph Stoddard, Tom Fong, Danny Gregory and Jane Friend. Additionally, Jenny is active in the community and volunteers her time on the Board of Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley, a social service nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless children and their families by providing shelter and support services to help the families find jobs and housing. Jenny enjoys reading (and highly recommends the site Goodreads), watching movies, playing softball and tennis and taking walks with her husband. Otherwise, Jenny is always curious to find out about those people who come to her site and would love to hear from you!
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4 Responses to Watercolor Pears

  1. Connie says:

    Thank you for sharing your process. I was intrigued that you have your MDiv. How has that affected your painting?

    • jenny says:

      Hi Connie — thanks for your comment. Sorry it has taken me awhile to respond — I had a baby last week, so the last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind!

      Your question about how having my MDiv has affected my painting is an interesting question that I am not sure I have a great answer for! I suppose I would say that it hasn’t affected much on the surface, since my degree had nothing to do with my artistic talents (ie, I was not involved in any sort of intentional MDiv degree with an arts focus). However getting an MDiv has taught or encouraged introspection, which I think definitely lends itself to the painting process in thinking about what the underlying message or composition should be. For the religious paintings I’ve done (http://jsgreene.com/watercolors/religious/index.html), my MDiv studies have definitely been helpful in understanding a greater context of the scriptures. So there is definitely some amount of correlation between the two, but I would say that it’s not inherently obvious on the surface how these two parts of my life relate and affect each other.

      Thanks again for your comment. Would love to know how you happened on to my site!

  2. carla usery says:

    Good idea, and fantastic results!

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