Thursday, 6 May 2021

Thursday Art Date With Rain -- "May Sweets"

Rain's weekly Art Date has a baking theme all this month.

And it just so happens that one of my 
very favourite fruits to bake with is blueberries

So thanks, Rain, your prompt has inspired me 
to finally complete my one remaining
unfinished assignment from the
"Art of Coloured Pencils" class 
which I took in the Fall of 2019. 

This is where I left off way back then --


A total of 8 different Prismacolor pencils
brought these blueberries to life.

Here's the finished piece --


So what did I do with all those blueberries?

Baked a blueberry crostata, of course!


Mmmmmm, SO delicious!


My Rare One put on 
her OWN whipped cream, 
thank you very much --


[Art and photos © Debra She Who Seeks, May 2021]

63 comments:

Sixpence Notthewiser said...

Oh, I love the finished piece!
And a blueberry crostata? Sign me up! It looks yummy.
Now I'm hungry.... LOL

XOXO

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

That turned out beautifully! (The artwork, as well as the crostada). -Jenn

Frank said...

Your artwork is beautiful, you have great talent. I never would have thought to draw and color the berries on a dark canvas/paper.

Laurie said...

Debra your work is magnificent, you hide it from us for much too long, please share more. Beautiful delicious blueberries! I can only imagine the time it took to achieve the realism of these berries. You are a true talent! Thank you for sharing this.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

@ Laurie -- Thank you so much, Laurie! I had to wait until retirement to have the time to fully explore making art, as is the case with many people, alas. But I'm having a blast now!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

those blueberries are fabulous. you are so talented. and your rare one has her own talent with that can of cool whip!

Travel said...

Nice and looks tasty

Martha said...

Your artwork is fantastic and that blueberry crostata looks heavenly!

DVArtist said...

Beautiful painting of the blueberries. One of my faves too. Ohhh yum with what you did with them Have a great day.

Christine said...

Lovely blueberry painting so glad you finished it. The cakes look delicious too!

Elkes Lebensglück said...

This is a wonderful blueberry painting and I love this delicious blueberry cake. I'm glad you took part in rain's theme.
Have a happy day, hug Elke

Mistress Maddie said...

I would gladly hang that on my wall!!!! The drawing make me very happy! Great work! Blueberries are my favorite fruit berry. I could sit and eat a pint at one time.

Gillena Cox said...

What a delicious post today. My daughter loves blueberries. She buys the dried fruit. I have never heard of it being grown here in Trinidad and Tobago.

Thank you for dropping by my blog today

much 💝 love

Bob said...

The art and the dessert are both amazing!

Ol'Buzzard said...

Now I've got to go to the bakery.
the Ol'Buzzard

Parnassus said...

Hello Debra, Another masterpiece! You have really developed your artist's eye to see complex colors, highlights and arrangement in those beautiful berries.
--Jim

brewella deville said...

You are living the dream, aren't you?

Debra She Who Seeks said...

@ brewella deville -- Damn right! Retirement ROCKS!

anne marie in philly said...

those pencil berries look SO real! I love blueberries too; your crostada looks delicious!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You are a genius. I can't draw a thing, and you have brought those blueberries to life. You performed magic with those Prismacolor pencils.

Your blueberry crostata looks good enough to eat. Even better with whipped cream.

Leanna said...

That finished blueberry art piece is beautiful. And now you have made me crazy for a blueberry crostata.

bobbie said...

Your blueberry drawing is Amazing!! So real looking. And that crostata looks divine!!

Marie Smith said...

I’m with the Rare One for the cream!

Betty said...

how delicious! ref your comment on mine you must try battenburg cake it's so delicious as has marzipan which makes it special.

e said...

Wow! Those berries lasted a long time between the start and the finish of the piece! Cryogenics, perhaps? Lol. Really though, the drawing is exquisite.

The crostata looks delicious. I'm with Your Rare One on the suitable whipped cream coverage!

Mike said...

I love blueberries. I always have frozen Dole blueberries in the freezer.

Tundra Bunny said...

Mmmmmm... blueberries. Wonderful on a slice of lemon cake too!

Guillaume said...

Blueberries, the fruit of my region!

Andrea @ From The Sol said...

Blueberry anything would turn me on and this looks super delicious ... especially with the whip cream, Yummmm :) Do you, by any chance see the face in your Rare One's Whip cream laden Blueberry Crostata? Great post, Debra ...

Andrea @ From the Sol

Debra She Who Seeks said...

@ Andrea @ From The Sol -- Oh dear, that will be in my nightmares tonight, LOL!

Linda said...

Wonderful drawing Debra! Your berries look like they are real, awesome work! Oh, and the pie, mmmmm!!! The whipped cream made by your Rare One must have been delicious too, so much better when it's home made!

Rosemary said...

Great artwork and also cooking Debra - suddenly I feel like having some blueberries too.

jono said...

I wasn't hungry until now. Very nice work!

Moving with Mitchell said...

You are a wonder and so is your Rare One!

NatureFootstep said...

I too love blueberries. Yours looks so good I would like to eat them all :)
Not sure what Crostata is but it sure seem tasty :)

Miss Val's Creations said...

Beautiful blueberries Debra! That crostata looks scrumptious. Everything is better homemade!

Joanne Noragon said...

My whipped cream would look very like RO's.

mshatch said...

I like your blueberries. I'd frame them :)

Old Lurker said...

The before and after photos are just striking. You really brought those white outlines to life.

Now that you are out of unfinished class assignments what will you use for inspiration?

"Art date", huh? Let us hope that Rain is not one of those Internet Seductresses your Rare One was worried about.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

@ Old Lurker -- No need to besmirch Rain's reputation, LOL! She is, of course, entirely above board.

baili said...

wow this is incredibly beautiful art dear Debra !!!

you are so talented my friend!

i absolutely loved the way you brought these blueberries to life ,stunning art!
your blueberry dish looks remarkable !
blessings!

Janie Junebug said...

Excellent use of colors, and the crostata looks yummy.

Love,
Janie

LL Cool Joe said...

Love the artwork. And I would have done the same thing with the whipped cream. :D

Davey Bacaron said...

Wow!!! Super love it!

Liz Hinds said...

Gorgeous colouring, gorgeous pie. You can't have too much cream in my opinion.

This N That said...

Those Blueberries look so real..You are very talented..And she bakes too!! Yum..

Tom said...

...what a yummy post. I just planted some blueberry plant today. Have a sweet weekend.

Lady M said...

What a beautiful art piece - it's making me hungry.

Kirk said...

You are quite the artist. So you drew this on black paper? I would never have guessed looking at the finished product, though I suppose there's no reason for me to assume the paper was white.

JACKIESUE said...

blueberry's are one of my favorite fruits. I have some in fridge right now. I put with yogurt and have it for breakfast...but now I think I'm going to make a blueberry tart. I have a great recipe and haven't made it in years.. and your painting is beautiful. You are very very talented.

Haddock said...

That finished piece of Blueberries looks lovely. A lovely splash of blue.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

@ Kirk -- Yes, our teacher for that course had us do this on black art paper. I'm not entirely sure why, but I can only assume that the paper causes light to reflect differently somehow through the layers of coloured pencils? I should have asked her!

The Blog Fodder said...

The artwork is lovely but the food makes my mouth water.

Martha said...

Your artwork is spectacular! And I love blueberries. Oh my gosh...that blueberry crostata. Looks so delicious!

Magaly Guerrero said...

You know, blueberries aren't my favorite fruits. But you've painted and baked them so yummily that my taste buds are reconsidering. Yum!

Suz said...

Your blueberries are so very pretty; well done. I have not an ounce of drawing talent, so I'm envious of yours.
The dessert looks amazing too!

Cathy Kennedy said...

Debra,

Many apologizes for the late return visit. I'm struggling to get my routine blogging legs back under me after the April blogfest but not to worry I will eventually find my way back again. :) I just love your colored pencils blueberries - so realistic! I recently bought a black sketch pad, as well as white & colored chalk. But, I hadn't thought about using colored pencils with the dark paper. Now, I feel there are even more possibilities. Initially I got the new art supplies after months of admiring Rain's beautiful chalk portraits of actors which inspired me to do try doing the same. I haven't yet but I hope to before summer is over. One thing for sure is I won't be as good as Rain. She does great work! Anyway, I love your blueberry artwork! :)

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

You're great with painting shadows/dimensions. It looks as thought I could grab some juicy blueberries. Beautiful work!

Magic Love Crow said...

Deb, I know I have told you this so many times, but you are so talented! Have you framed any of your pieces? You should! These blueberries are so real looking! Wow! Did you keep any blueberry crostata for me? LOL! Looks so good! I'll have extra whipped cream too! LOL! Big Hugs!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

@ Magic Love Crow -- Thanks for your kind words, Stacy! No, I don't frame my stuff, I just put the finished pieces in a portfolio for safekeeping there.

The Happy Whisk said...

ONG Debra. I have missed your blog. Again, that art and photo copyright. Laughed out freaking loud. I love this blog. It's brilliant.

Rommy said...

That colored pencil art turned out so well! Blueberries are one of my favorite things too.

Rain said...

Oh Debra....your blueberries turned out AMAZING!!! I'm so glad you finished that piece, it's definitely a work of art. Coloured pencils can do so much and you have the talent to bring that out!!! I laughed...I would probably be like your Rare One when it comes to whipped cream!!! :)