12/4/08

A GOOD THING

Blind contour drawings usually result in some pretty neat line work drawings. I love to do them, and in class, challenged each artist to 'draw' the still life in front of them without looking at the paper as they drew.

After making three or four drawings, we choose the ones we liked best and retraced parts or all of them onto watercolor paper, using pen and ink. After lightly splattering the paper with miskit, I popped open some fluid acrylics and took off painting as loose and free as I could to capture these pomegranates.

They tend to show a strong resemblance to onions, (remember it was a BLIND contour drawing to start with,) but I sure had fun. After class, I peeled my 'first ever' pomegranate and enjoyed the delicious seeds.

"POMEGRANATES" Fluid Acrylics on 140#HP Arches 15 x 9"

10 comments:

Nava said...

That was the first pomegranate you've ever had? Ah, Sandy, you've missed so much! It's one of the best fruit, despite the mess and the stained fingers.

It's a fun painting - onions didn't come to mind at all.

RHCarpenter said...

Beautiful, Sandy, and love the process you went through to get to this - should try that myself but I know it would be more fun in a class with us all doing it! OK, that's my excuse.
They look more like onions because of the color, not the shape - perhaps some more deeper red here and there? I really like them.

Suzanne McDermott said...

Sandy! I knew these were onions the second I laid eyes on them. They're marvelous - both as drawings and (of course) as watercolors. I use the blind (or contour) drawing exercises always in my first class of each session. Everyone rolls their eyes but it's such a great exercise. The other great exercise comes in the second and third sessions when we all make drawings with our sub-dominate hands. The results are AMAZING.

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

Sandy,

I have done this process of blind drawing and my results were not to be believed, nor used for any credible painting! It was a ton of fun to do and I didn't take it seriously, so it was okay my wonky drawings were so bad. I think this is also a great warm-up exercise for your classes and workshops.

laura said...

This is gorgeous--the simplicity, the colors, the transparency; it has a feel of stained glass.

Dawn said...

lovely Sandy! I love doing the blind contour drawing, great idea adding the watercolor. And you get to eat the fruit too.

Sandy Maudlin said...

I think I have to redden up those other 2 pommes. I liked them like they were, but actually was chicken to go further - for fear I'd overwork them. I'll post again IF I don't wipe out.

RHCarpenter said...

Unless you really need them to be pomegranates, not onions, I'd just let them be onions - sure seemed like that's what they wanted to be :) And either way, it's a very very cool painting! Almost makes me want to get out my fluid acrylics.

Nick said...

I love that, right up my alley!

Sandy said...

Sandy, I'm enjoying catching up. I'm having troubles lately leaving comments, so I hope this posts. I keep getting Microsoft error message and then it closes IE...

so hoping this goes through. I love your art and these blind contour ones, so cool.