Wednesday, March 31, 2010
I thought you might enjoy seeing what I did last week, under the tutelage of Ann Swan. I discovered that I really needed to organize a color chart of my pencils, to be more effective with choosing the correct color for a drawing. We also worked a bit on composition and were asked to take three dissimilar objects and create a small composition in a more contemporary way.
I chose a Pussy willow, a shallot, and a plum (yes... that's a very red plum...not an apple). I ran out of time to work on the composition, so it is now on my drawing board.... with the Pussy willow & shallot, needing completion.
There are many new techniques within the painting. First and foremost, Ann does her shading and 'darks' first. She also uses the color 'black' for shading... which was a huge 'no no' in my botanical art studies. However, it changed the way I looked at the subject and the shadows, while leaving the highlights for the end. Somehow, once I could get my brain to think in these terms, it proved to be a "light bulb" moment. I promise to show the completed piece when it's done, so you can see the finished product.