Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Graphite on Dura-lar Matte Film WIP Completed!

As you will see, this has gone through some changes since my last post. I decided the inside of the tree wasn't happening for me. I didn't like the rocks, they were too distracting, taking away rather than adding interest.

You can see in the photo above, my solution was to darken the interior and rocks, to lessen their importance. Yet, I still didn't think this was how I wanted it to look. I stopped for the night to let it rest and see it with fresh eyes the next day.

Next day, I still didn't like it, so I took a chance and changed it. Getting rid of the rocks and opening up the passage allowed the light to come through. Now there was a place for the rabbits as well as the viewer to escape to.

I continued to clean up some areas and add more darks. The black rabbit needed to have the dark fur smoothed. I then flipped the page over and worked on the underside. Adding some graphite to the underside of the black rabbit made the blacks richer and the strokes more even.

This is when I also started to add a bit of color to the rabbits ears and the inside of the tree.
The above is a closer view of the two rabbits and the inside of the tree. In the finished work below, I lifted up some of the graphite on the inside of the tree and added a bit of warm sienna colored pencil to the light, extending it out to the rabbits fur. I did some further defining of the body of the two rabbits and added a touch of acrylic color for the two eyes. The tree seemed too bent, so I widened it with some more bark on the right side, and also darkened the left side. The finished work is below.

It's Not All Black and White, © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film, 7" x 7"

Below is the finished work in the frame I'll be using. I wasn't sure how this piece was going to turn out. I did not intend to have two rabbits, and didn't know what I was going to do with them. I knew I didn't want to put a door in the tree, but the tree was going to play a role in the scene. I knew that having rabbits as a subject could end up being too cute. Cute was not what I wanted either. I think the two rabbits mirroring each other has helped to make it more mysterious rather than cutesy. Or at least I hope so! However, how can rabbit NOT end up being cute! I'm happy with the results. Thank you for following along with me on this.

It's Not All Black and White, © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film, 7" x 7"


Mona said...

It's wonderful Barbara! I love what the delicate touches of color added to it, and how the fantasy feeling beckons viewers into another world.

Gail Hayton said...

You are doing some very creative work! So glad you show it framed. It really makes the piece!

AutumnLeaves said...

Barbara, my favorite part of this piece is that open door with the light spilling out in the knothole at the base of the tree trunk. I so want to see what is inside, who lives there! I don't know if it was just a local show when I was a kid, but there was a tv show with a little guy living in something similar to that little knothole (an acorn maybe?); each show started with a song ('A room zoom zoom a room zoom zoom...')...anyway, I was always fascinated by that teeny little house of his and this reminds me of that! I love these mixes of reality and fantasy that you inject into your pieces (such as the ravens with the little keys or clocks...)...

Barbara A. Freeman said...

Thanks Mona, Gail and Sherry. I love doing realistic landscapes, but sometimes I need to do my own work.

I don't know the program you are talking about Sherry, but I'm glad it brings back the memories. I am pleased that you are having this sort of response to my work. I too would like to go inside there!:)

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Another stunning little masterpiece Barbara. I agree with Sherry, there is something so appealing about the doors in the trees - it adds an air of enchantment and mystery to your artwork - gorgeous!!!

Barbara A. Freeman said...

Thank you Karen!

Jane said...

This is great Barbara---and glad to see you too change your mind about how things end up!!! It is always so much fun to see how a piece ends up when things don't go exactly as planned---this one is just wonderful-you do great rabbits :)

Barbara A. Freeman said...

Thanks Jane. So true, and by allowing the change, you can make happy accidents!