Saturday, June 14, 2008

Pot, Orange and Eggs-WIP

Not much artwork has been done here for the last week or so. Quite a week for family issues.

My frame of mind has not been into colored pencil (I find it so hard just to start). So I created a little photo booth for myself to set up still life. Not too hard to cut up a box, and paint the inside black. I'll do another post to show how I did that.

I enjoyed working on the Yellow Pepper Top last week, so I was so jazzed about having some simple still lifes that I decided to do another pastel.

This is an 8 x 10 on Ampersand Pastelbord. I did the underpainting so I would have a map of some value structure and color notes. The underpainting is done with Inktense and Neocolor II watersoluble products. Here is the painting with most of the darks and some midtones finished...or nearly. I am fishing around to see how deep I want the shadows to intrude on the objects. So I wanted to put some lights in to see the contrast between the lightest lights and the darkest darks.

I will finish the pot, then the highlights on the cloth and then canoodle until I feel like it's finished.

I had forgotten how much I love my pastels and the richness of color you can achieve. I am using Rembrandt and Ludwig pastels.


Ann said...

Wow. This is lovely. Thanks for showing your still life box above. That's a great idea and your results with this piece are surely worth it!

Cindy said...

Hi Ann! Thanks, I'm working on another pastel but can't wait to do some more set-ups in my handy, dandy little black box.