Saturday, August 28, 2010
Pear, grapes and blueberries
I finally finished this little still life that I started months ago. It's not a very good scan. I burnished it after I was done with it and the paper stretched, so I couldn't get it flat. Those shadows on the pear are from the waves in the paper. I would need a vacuum frame to get it flat. I won't be burnishing anymore. I liked it much better before burnishing. The writing on the left side of the paper is all the colors I used. Even though tedious, I am very satisfied with the result. There are more than 10 layers of color on the paper. I'd like to get my time down to a week when working on one of these pieces. I have about 27.5 hours into this, so finishing in a week's time should not be a problem. I'm not real happy with a couple of spots; the hard line of the shadow on the left side of the pear. I tried to softened it up to no avail. And the red grapes are too red against the purple grapes. I followed Ms. Steinberg's directions to a T, but I am a little heavy in the hand when laying down color. Must work on that. This is 5 x 7 inches on Strathmore paper done with Prismacolor pencils.