Friday, April 13, 2012

Artwork in Progress: "On the Vine" Part 3

I made a lot of progress on this piece this week (and actually finished it...wahoo)!

Here's where I started out on Monday morning, with some orange tomatoes, some ghostly looking vines, and a super black background. Looking at the drawing in this stage is a bit weird...all the colors are so off!

I added some more red to the tomatoes and built up the vines with various greens and purples. I'm really digging the way the vines turned out. I wanted them to be as much of a focal point in this piece as the tomatoes, and I think they really stand out.

Added some more red to the tomatoes, used some olive green to define the shadows (complimentary colors are amazing things) and enhanced the highlights.

The black background was way too flat and intense so I added a slight blueish gradient...

I finished drawing yesterday morning. Whenever I'm done with a piece it feels like that moment in class when you're taking a test and you've run out of time and the teacher says "pencils down!" I could keep on working on this drawing for weeks, making super subtle changes that no one else would notice (or care about) except me. It's time to move on though...

Time for one of my least favorite parts of being an artist...signing my work. I always feel like the signature detracts from the finished piece (even if it's super small and well-planned out). Plus there's the issue of me never being able to sign my name in a straight line.

My husband Ed thinks that my slightly crooked signatures are a great way to make a personal statement and prevent forgeries...he's such an amazing glass-half-full, silver-lining, make lemonade kind of guy.

I'm done drawing and my piece is signed...time to photograph it (which is a whole complicated process in itself.) I should have prints of this drawing available for sale super soon!

I'm heading to Gossett's Farmers Market tomorrow morning to get some inspiration for my next piece (and maybe I'll see some of you there). Hope y'all have a great weekend full of sunshine, farm-fresh food and lots of joy!

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