Monday, February 18, 2008

Pears & Cherries with Reflections-WIP

Starting a new piece, 11 x 14" on pastel board. The images work backwards in the process. Step 5. I have started in the background with various brands of colored pencil. I'm trying to achieve a background that looks more oil painterly (variations in color and strokes). I'm working right to left and still have work to do on the left.
Step 4. Inktense have been brushed (a smaller brush than the background) with water. The underpainting is now complete.
Step 3. Inktense were applied to the rest of the painting. Complementary colors were chosen for the shadow areas. A slightly darker color than the actual object was chosen for the lighter areas. (The cherries look like green olives with pimentos!)
Step 2. The Neocolors have been brushed with water.
Step 1. Neocolor II used in the background, and in the shadow area of the pears. It's still a dry medium at this point.

14 comments:

Jael Bendt said...

I love seeing the process of creation, I get to learn from it as well.
Great going! :D can't wait to see the finished piece.

Fannie said...

Cindy, you're an expert in Neocolor II and colored pencils. Bravo!

Regina Gansen Rooks said...

This is very exciting to follow.
Is the pastel board grey?

Cindy said...

Thanks Jay! I'd be thrilled to think you would learn from my postings.

Thanks Fannie! You're the best!

Hi Regina, thanks for checking out my work again. Seriously, it thrills me to think this would be exciting to follow. I love teaching, whether in a classroom or just doing my work. To answer your question about the pastel board, it is tan. I haven't used the grey yet.

Rita said...

Hi Cindy, I followed your blog here from WetCanvas (from your 'Hot Rocks' thread).
Just wanted to say that I really enjoy your work and have been reading the blog with great interest now for about a month. You do some excellent work and the WIP's are fantastic!

Out of sheer curiosity, how did you decide on the background colours for this one?

Chris O'Byrne said...

Wow, your work is amazing! I can't believe that the 'tomater' was done with colored pencil. Thank you for sharing all of this with us. I've subscribed to your blog so I don't miss any more.

Cindy said...

Hi Rita! How nice to have you stop in. I appreciate your kind comments about my work.

I checked out your blog earlier today and think your ACEO's are great. It's so hard to get detail when you work so small and you've done a nice job.

As for your question about choosing the background color. This drawing is loosely based on a photo I took a couple of years ago. The values were nice, but the color was awful...mostly due to my abilities as a photographer
;-)

So I knew I wanted a dark value color(s) for the background, and selected the complement of the yellow pears..purple. I threw in some dark green to complement the red cherries, and black to get it dark enough. I'm now trying to decide what colors to use on the left side to warm up the temperature and lighten up the value.

Cindy said...

Hi Chris, Welcome to my blog! I hope to see you often.

Thank you for your feedback on my artwork. I'm always thrilled by the comment about "that's colored pencil?" Many people still think of colored pencil as school art supplies. I think that's why I like to show the work in progress. Colored pencil can be used for painting.....

Paulette said...

Hi Cindy,
This is looking real interesting, I can't wait to see the finish.
Love how the tomato turned out.

Sandy said...

Wow, I love this!!

Just found your blog the other day.

sandy

Cindy said...

Hi Paulette, I got home late on Tuesday from Sacramento, so I'm trying to get back in an art mood. Unpacking and catching up have been my activities up until now. I'm itching to get back to this piece.

Cindy said...

Hi Sandy, Thanks for stopping in and commenting! It's always fun for me when I "meet" a new blogger.

You have such interesting artwork(makes me want to spend time on each one to see how you've accomplished it), and I love your photography!

Come back often.....

Catherine said...

Your creative process is always very interesting and impressive ! Thank you for sharing this with us !

Sandy said...

Thanks Cindy..I'm just a beginner but when I see work like yours I get inspired.

sandy