A new year, with some pep in my step

I can't believe it's 2015. I mean, is it really? 2014 seemed to fly... Getting married, going to New Zealand, visiting the Pacific Northwest... It was just all a blur.

Just like everyone else, I have resolutions. Mine may seem slightly self centered but that's what I'm trying to achieve. A more centered version of myself. I've decided that I need to start taking more time to create for myself. It feels like I'm always thinking of "what will sell", and how to make things more carpet friendly and more marketable. Of course, that's my bread and butter and still quite important. But I think it's time to draw and paint and sketch for myself. 

My first attempt needed to be something that could hold my interest, and I didn't have to look far. I'm a sucker for interesting vegetables, and whenever I shop I tend to gravitate toward the produce with the most character. Enter this gorgeous red bell pepper: 

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Ohhh it's just beautiful! The varied colors, the way the light played on the various curves and edges... It was perfect.  

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I decided that the base should be a test of some new QoR watercolors I received for Christmas. The pigments are beautiful and they saturate nicely, but this choice was a misstep because I seem to have overestimated the sturdiness of my grey paper (I thought grey would provide a really lovely contrast for the gorgeous shadows and highlights of the pepper). The paper got a little warped,  so it made sense for colored pencils to serve as the detailed second layer. 

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And there you have it! I had so much fun that I'm ready to start an heirloom tomato in a day or two... More on that later.

Here's to a new year filled with more fun projects and exciting changes.