AN APPLE A DAY would be a good way to learn the basics of representing form. I drew
this in B pencil (a fairly soft grade) and added watercolour. I had positioned it
so that the evening light coming in through the northwest-facing front window cast
a soft shadow with reflected light on the darker side of the apple. In turn light
has been reflected from the apple into the shadow.
This reflected light is tinged with the green of the apple.
Bad news, I’m afraid: the young blackbird that ate our ripe blueberries yesterday
was huddled on the patio this morning. It was bright-eyed with no sign of a broken
wing or leg but it was evidently very ill and died after an hour or so.