Saturday, November 14, 2009

Green Grapes Study - Finished

Green Grape Study 9 x 12" pastel on ArtSpectrum sanded paper
Available for Purchase at Littleton Studio

I finished this piece in class on Thursday night by adjusting values and adding a few specific edges, especially in the left shadow area.

"Why would one do a study?", you might ask. My opinion is for the same reason a pianist practices with scales, or a figure skater practices their jumps....until those small components of your art become second nature, or you have solved the small problems. Only then is one able to put the pieces together into a "long" program where ones' emotion and passion creates something complete and whole.

Who knows what's next for a study?? Eggplant, artichoke, plum....guess it will be whatever is in season at the grocery store ;-)

In "Green Grapes" I wanted to practice painting a "clump" of objects where not every component needs to be defined. Which is why I think an artichoke might be a good next's also "clumpy".


Deborah Younglao, Silk Painter said...

Clumps are hard - all those little shapes can be so overwhelming! Your grapes are a lovely study - I think you hit the right balance between well defined, highlighted shapes vs. the more amorphous ones.

Carolina said...

The transitions from light to shadow are perfect. This is the first time I get to understand why studies are use for, thanks for that piece of knowledge :)
Best regards,