Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Pear Study

Pear Study
colored pencil over watercolor pencil wash
7 x 5 inches on Arches HP
copyright 2007 by Ann Thompson Nemcosky

So, what does a drawing of a pear have to do with the landscape paintings of John Constable? Well, not much and a whole lot. This drawing of a pear (from a photo called "Yellow Pear" by naamer, courtesy of the reference library), was an experiment with a technique I had not previously attempted. In this drawing I first used an underpainting of watercolor pencils washed with water, then drew on top with dry colored pencils. My aim was to find out if when a watercolor wash is applied first would that enhance the sense of light and shadow in a colored pencil drawing. It was an interesting experiment and I do think this process could lend a richness to the quality of light in a landscape drawing.

". . .the more a society lives at odds with what is happening in nature, the more cases of SAD it will have." - Winifred Gallagher, The Power of Place

Something to think about. Do you follow your own time schedule or the rhythms of nature's cycles of light and dark?

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