Drawing in an investigative process; as one draws, one learns about a chosen subject. Monet was the master of learning through repeated studies of the same subject: Rouen Cathedral, the train station Saint-Lazare, and of course his beloved waterlily pond and bridge.
Inspired by my sister’s arrangement of tangerines and tangelos, I decided to make a seven day study of the fruit. I love the Italian desert server on which she arranged her fruit. The fruit was fresh from the grove, with intriguing almost pear-like shapes.
The first drawing captures the arrangement in ink.
I was very drawn to the leaves still clinging to a few of the fresh tangelos. I knew that the contrast of the green and orange would make a striking little watercolor painting.
“Zooming in close allowed me to explore how light influences color on a form. The red shadows from the reflected light surprised me.”
With so many shapes and overlaps, I decided to explore how that overlap would be exploited in a Cubistic manner. I chose blue complements for the server’s outlines.
“LOOKING THROUGH- observe carefully and imagine how to complete each shape- though hidden by overlap. Painting allows abstract pattern of color to develop. This is my take on cubism.
Further exploring the “orange-ness” of the fruit, I played with the essence of sun and citrus- similar colors, shapes, even texture.
“An orange is a small package of liquid sunshine.”
Each day’s study suggests a new direction for the subsequent journal entry. The oranges and sunshine reminded me of the creative approach the program CBS Sunday takes with its iconic sun.
Drawing and painting reflections, rather than object, forces an artist to search for true shape and color, instead of an object’s symbolic elements. To emphasize the reflections, I left the rest of the drawing as minimal tonal values and details.
What better way to end this study on Super Bowl Sunday?
……….a Bronco line-up…………….