Thursday, October 21, 2010

In this demonstration, I began with raw umber to draw the still life of pears. The design is created not only with the objects, but with their shadows as well. This unites them in the painting. Then, continuing the idea of 10 strokes, I painted each pear using only 10 strokes to put the color and their shadows down. By limiting myself to the ten strokes for each pear, I force myself to work the whole painting rather than getting bogged down with details too soon. I moved from pear to pear and once each was done in the ten strokes, I then began to let the smaller details come out. Eventually, I decided to darken the background in order to bring out the pears.

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