Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Green Grapes Study...Work in Progress

This is a study I started working's 9 x 12" pastel on ArtSpectrum sanded pastel paper. I didn't like the paper for my stroke-y application as much as I like Wallis, but I did eventually figure out how to get it to work.

Here is my Dynamic Symmetry grid drawn right on my paper with a pastel pencil. The focal point of the grapes is placed right on the right mean line (if you look you can see the little green x with a grape drawn on top. I've learned that line is called the Root I line....since the whole Dynamic Symmetry concept is based on root numbers. That's as far as I can explain it ;-)

I've also started to lay in my dark structures.

Here I am starting to lay in the color mostly in the midtones and light areas. The paper didn't take the strokes very well so I ended up using a softer pastel (Rembrandt) to lay some color down, then "smush" with my fingers. Then the strokes would go on top of that.

This is where I am currently...with just a little more work to do on the cloth and then maybe on the shadow area of the bunch of grapes on the left side. But we'll see. I'll take it to class tomorrow night and see what the consensus is.

Our Studio Group's exhibit is opening tomorrow night...if you are in the area stop by and have a glass of punch or wine.


Lynda Schumacher said...

REALLY nice Cindy: such wonderful use of the lights and darks!

Deborah Younglao, Silk Painter said...

Interesting seeing the progression of this.... I love the way the grapes in the back are blending into the background.

Carolina said...

It's fascinating to see a wip, thanks for sharing it :)
Best regards,

Cindy said...

Thank you so much for the comments! I am so woefully behind on all my correspondence.

Thank you Lynda!!! (hugs)
I paint in a dark studio with a can light on my still life and one on my easel. It's just a matter of moving the light around until it's pleasing.

Hello Deborah! I really appreciate you taking the time to comment on my blog. I check you blog every couple of days to see what beautiful things you are creating in silk and the quilting world. LOVE you work!

Hola Carolina!! Thank you for being such a loyal supporter and commenting on my blog. You are a sweetheart...