Sketching Summer Food

I enjoy sketching food. However, I find that making the time to sketch it (and not eat it) can be difficult. A few weeks ago I bought some radishes at the farmers market. I loved the bright pink color and the green stems and leaves, so decided to sketch them. It was a great time to use my Permanent Rose watercolor since the pink was so intense. I built up the layers (glazing) and added some purple to deepen the shadows in the pink.

I also had the opportunity to try a friend’s strawberry pie recipe. I picked a bunch of berries at a local berry patch and came home intending to make strawberries and shortcake, but decided– “Why not make a pie?” I checked my freezer and I had a ball of pie crust dough, so I thawed it out and made sure I had the other ingredients. My hubby was wonderful and cleaned all the berries for me while I made the glaze and pie crust.

I used a large Moleskine watercolor sketchbook and Faber-Castell Pitt Pen to quickly sketch the pie ingredients. Later, after the pie was done, I sketched a slice of pie from my plate. All this takes time, and sometimes you don’t get the sketch finished right away. I finally got the watercolors done a few days later, and eventually the writing too.

The pie sketch looks good enough to eat!

If you get tired of sketching the same old things, try something different. Sketch a dish or type of food, or the steps to a recipe. It can be a lot of fun!

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