Friday, April 27, 2012

Artwork in Progress: "Triad" Part 1

Boy am I glad to be working on art again after more than a week away. I started a new piece this week based on a trio of gorgeous bok choy cabbages which I picked up at Gosset's Farmer's Market a few weeks ago.


First I did a not-so-quick thumbnail sketch to figure out the composition. The variety of shapes and textures in the image make it way more complicated than my last piece. Complicated is good - it's intimidating and challenging and exactly what I need to grow as an artist.


They're called "thumbnail" sketches because of their tiny size relative to the human thumbnail (true story!)...you can see how just small the sketch is in this picture.


On Wednesday I started a black and white study of the piece. I started off by measuring and taping off my drawing area, then drew a very light grid on my paper to help me sketch out the composition. All of these steps require precision which is SO not my strong suit. Maybe I can convince my husband Ed to to take over paper-prepping duties...he's remarkably meticulous.



A close-up detail after my first hour of drawing...leaves are complicated.


And here's where I left off at the end of the day today. It's starting to come together, but it's probably going to take me all of next week to finish this study.


This time around I've decided to take my time with my value drawing and use higher quality paper in hopes of selling prints and the original. I've realized that the black and white studies which I create in preparation for my colored pencil drawings have the potential to be fully-realized works of art themselves.

Hope y'all had a beautiful and inspiring week, and that you're looking forward to fresh air and farmer's markets this weekend!




Sunday, April 22, 2012

At the Market: Before the Rain

I'm so glad I got to Gossett's Farmer's Market yesterday morning to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine before today's clouds and rain.

Madura Farms had gorgeous rhubarb for sale...I was totally tempted to buy some but I have no clue how to cook rhubarb besides in strawberry rhubarb pie (and strawberry season is still at least a month away). Recipe suggestions would be much appreciated :)
Rhubarb
 I always walk away from the market with lots of broccoli...my 12-month-old son Dylan is oddly obsessed with it, an addiction which I'm happy to feed.
Broccoli
 He's equally obsessed with sweet potatoes...this addiction is much more typical for a kid his age. Into my market basket they go :)
Sweet Potatoes
 Hooray for the first asparagus of the season...I'm really excited to try this recipe this week.
Asparagus
 Next stop was at Gaia's Breath Farm for eggs and cheese...
Gaia's Breath Farm
They also sell some beautiful cuts of pasture-raised pork, veal and lamb for all you meat-eaters. Even though I'm a vegetarian, I appreciate how humanely and thoughtfully they raise their animals...you can learn more about their farming practices here.
Pasture-Raised Meat
 I've decided to try something new each week at the market...this week it's ramps!
Ramps
 Migliorelli Farm is selling more and more spring produce each week...yesterday they had these gorgeous little turnips. My basket was already overflowing with veggies for the week so I had to pass on them, but I'll definitely get some next time!
Spring Turnips
 And look at all these amazing greens...
Assorted Greens
Enjoying the last of the cold-storage apples before berry season begins...
Cold-Storage Apples
A Snack for the Drive Home
Yesterday's Harvest:
Asparagus - Madura Farms
Cilantro - Madura Farms
Broccoli - Madura Farms
Sweet Potatoes - Madura Farms
Red Bell Peppers - Madura Farms
Celery - Madura Farms
Gadzukes Zucchini - Madura Farms
Kirby Cucumbers - Madura Farms
Mesclun - Madura Farms
Painted Goat Feta - Gaia's Breath Farm
Raw Milk Sharp Jack Cheese - Gaia's Breath Farm
Free-Range Organic Eggs - Gaia's Breath Farm
Ginger Gold Apples - Migliorelli Farm




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