As promised, I've been dilegently working. No, that makes it sound too unpleasant... I've been spending long and happy days at my easel. I'm letting the house, garden and the bulk of my social life go (not without some regret) in the interest of creating a chunk (that's a technical term) of work.
This 11x14 is one of a series that I will share with you piece by piece that I came in very close on, creating an abstraction as well as a specific vision. I love that zone between realism and pure design. What a beautiful place to be!
Like tiny bubbles, this is a painting of some delightfully delicate pink berries I found lighting up
a bush in the Living Desert. The tiny berries were translucent, appearing to be lit from within
and glowed against the bright blue desert sky.
The 12x16 panel's first step - a fairly detailed underpainting in Burnt Sienna
In the next session on this painting I first laid in the sky and then began bringing the berries to life.
The next step was to develop the branches and blossoms while continuing to round berries
And finally bringing up the lights and pushing the darks, finding cast shadows and highlights
helped to capture the glow of these sweet little globes of light.
I love seeing the stages the fruit goes through, from small nub to breaking open and offering it's seeds. The sculptural quality of cactus is so satisfying - catching light and casting shadow, creating stripes of bright, warm colors and deep cool shadows. Oh, and the mixed message of the lush, shapely fruit and the bristling defense of all those spines delights me.