Work in progress part five, the blizzard

Sometimes, you have to stop right in the middle of something because the front door blows open (lots of snow in the living room!) and the lights flicker. I have the woodstove cranked up and a flashlight in my pocket, and I’ll just have to redraw some of what I did tonight in tomorrow’s episode. Now, a break for shoveling.

Asters, part III

Third in a series of work in progress photos of asters in a blue Mason jar. Tonight’s surprise was the amount of green in the rudebekia, to have it be orange next to all that mauve. I’m hoping it stays “orangey” even after the blue glass jar goes in, because I’m still not one hundred percent in the kind of chess champion mentality it takes to figure that out.

New work, in progress.

I’ve never posted a drawing-in-progress; it seems like cheating. Finishing a piece is a real rush for me and considering it before completion is rushing dessert, but here it is. I feel this is a sea change in the underlayment of my drawings and I’m enjoying working over the black, faintly gnarly structure.

I’ll post follow-ups as work continues. As an aside, WordPress wanted to change underlayment to undergarment, and maybe that’s the way to think about it.

New work

This is a study for a larger work that also features with roses, watermelon, green grapes and tiger lilies. I thought I ought to be familiar with some of the basic parts before I start on the larger chaos.

Tea Pot Study, 14" x 14", pastel on board

Celebrating the return of images

with new work. This is “Watermelon and Pears”, pastel, 24 x 18 inches on board.

I have one more drawing planned from my set-ups in the hoop house over the summer. The light in there is diffuse and very white. I plan to start the 2010 flower season by  constructing a table-top  in the house to take advantage of a large south facing window for compositions with bright slanting planes of lights and shadows, yellow highlights and winking green glass bowls. I’m looking for an abrupt transition from Renoir to somewhere past Janet Fish – can’t wait!