23 January, 2009
In many ways, the products of my new studio are the first fruits of my labor. This still life was inspired by the drawing class that I taught in November. I haven't painted many, and they teach me a great deal about the picture making process. How to create balance in the picture plane. How to keep my value scale under control. The use of brown as a neutral. My own stylistic ideas of drawing an apple.
As often happens in my busy studio, I framed and gave away this picture before I got a proper picture of it. I am working on that process, and the hope is to be more stream-lined so that set-up (tungsten lights, cords, camera, where to put the images, etc.) is less stressful. But, since I gave it to my daughter, who is a budding young artist herself, it was easy to retrieve and get this photo for a record.
The frame shown is 11" x 8" and the pastels shown in the trug on the shelf below are medium sized Unisons - not the standard ones which are smaller. It occurred to me that pastellists might get a mistaken sense of perspective because of this.