So, I’ve finished the piece, “Wild Strawberries”, with all the dot, dot, dots. I’m getting very sleepy. Maybe it had something to do with Pumpkin meowing at 4:00 am, last night…or maybe the repetitive work of filling in a background in minute detail will tire a person out. Probably, both are true.
This drawing reminds me of a dream I once had. That’s probably why I stuck with the drawing as I did. Speaking of dreams, have you ever heard a song in your dream before you heard it anywhere in real life? Everyone tells me it’s my imagination. I thing there are things in all people’s lives that just can’t be explained.
So, I’m fighting a bit of a summer cold, and working on the full-sized strawberry patch picture. Rather than lay out the whole composition before I filled in the details, this time I decided to let it flow….and fill in the details as I went along. I thought it would be less tedious that way. At least I thought so.
These drawing are not the first I’ve done of strawberries. A long time ago, I did this:
A very realistic drawing of strawberries. I thought I’d found the solution to the problem of making money with my art…make small drawing that I could sell inexpensively. It was another attempt that went down in a fiery flame.
Seems no one could relate to just strawberries on a plate. Or apples with pearls for that matter. I found there had to sell, even that size, the viewer had to have an emotional connection to the subject matter.
Finding subject matter like that is pretty much a shot in the dark. I’ve managed to sell two, on Ebay, and how my customer found them in the thousands of drawings there, I’ll never know.
The two were these:
So, one customer I’m sure had to be a motorcycle enthusiast, while another was someone who ❤ New York.
I feel I am getting closer to an art product people will buy. Too bad it’s taken a few decades to get there.
Sunday morning seems to be the worst time for publishing a blog post. So, here I am, and raring to go. Maybe my readers are still sleeping, or worshiping, or maybe going to a pleasant brunch! So…
I finished the strawberry note card last night. I’m trying to decide whether it would make a good, full-size drawing or not. Here it is:
Wow, that’s big…even bigger than the actual note card is! Mentally shrink it folks.
It just hits me that my style has changed, and I’m not sure if I like it or not. It seems more realistic than it was, but is missing the fun, design element that was a signature of mine. Maybe I’m overthinking it, maybe it’s a natural progression.
I was going to go out, yet again, to draw the park. It’s going to be 90 degrees plus, though. I’m one who realizes that you may have to suffer for your art, but heat exhaustion is not in my plans.
So, I may work on the strawberry patch, full size. I want to do it again, with the design element. On the other hand, if I do that wrong, it will end up looking for a fabric design. I love a challenge.
Whenever I’ve gone to an art show, I’ve always found the obligatory displays of painting and fruit to be pretty boring. Yes, I realize there’s a matter of technique, but I’ve always thought of such things as elementary lessons in drawing and painting, an exercise, until you are skilled enough to do more ambitious subject matter. Or so it was introduced to me by my teacher. So, I’ve done my share of boring still lives.
I find though, use your imagination, treat it as a scavenger hunt, use the found objects as a Rorschach Test of what’s going on in your mind, and a still life can be a fascinating, moving composition. Here’s one I did a while ago, it’s kind of on the border of a still life and a landscape.
This is one that was fun as a small work, but didn’t quite translate well larger.
But it shows the promise of using a little creativity in what could be thought of as a boring drawing lesson. So, although I’m only up to doing my minimum 15 minutes of artwork today, I am doing a still life,that I hope is anything but boring.