Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Continued Dura-lar Matte WIP - Forest with Dragonfly

This is the continuation of my work in progress, (WIP) of the forest and dragonfly. I should have been a lot further along by now, but with shows, framing, delivering and picking up work, I'm a bit behind my deadline.

If it would make it easier to see all the pieces together without the other posts in between, go to the "labels for this post" section at the bottom of the post and click on the phrase, "forest with dragonfly wip,". That should bring all the posts of this work together. In case you weren't aware, you can do that with any key word. I'm trying to be consistent in my labels to make that possible.

From the last post of this work, I've done the front tree, center tree and the stump. Adding textures and forms.

In the above, I've done a lot of the forest in the background across the top of the image. Also, I started doing a bit more of the main tree on the right front bringing it down.

This is the same as the previous photo but showing the reference photo and the miniature drawing in graphite with an enlarged section for a guide. This one will be different from my miniature, A Flash of Blue, but using a similar light source and tree shapes.

Here I have brought the pathway down on the left and done further work on the tree on the right. You can see where I've darkened the center tree to make it contrast with the one on the left. You can see it better in the photo below.

This one is current from work I did just last night. I darkened the path on the right foreground where the trees would be creating a shadow. I also darkened the left tree to help define the stump. I still have a long way to go. Once I finish laying down all the graphite bits, I'll be darkening areas to create a good range of values, softening some areas to create mystery and sharpening some to make shapes stand out, to lead the eye and create rhythm. Then comes the fun part of adding touches of color. That will be in the final stages. As for now, it's time to get back to work.

Later today, I'll be heading over to Bothell to deliver my two work works for the Live ARTS Bothell Festival this weekend. Then tomorrow over to Studio 206 in the Mukilteo Art Building for Waterfront Wednesdays. I hope to see you at both these events! Thanks for taking the time to read this.


AutumnLeaves said...

Oh to be on that path! Where will the dragonfly be, Barb? This is truly amazing work!

Barbara A. Freeman said...

Hi Sherry and thanks. If you click on the last photo, you can see the white shape of where the dragonfly will be. You can see the ghost of a circle near the center. It will be on the tree on the right side of the drawing, (on the left side of the tree). It's about a third up and a third over right.

DEB said...

Barbara, I hope one day to be able to see your work in person. I love seeing your WIP's on your blog, but with all that detail, I always feel like I'm missing out. For many years, graphite was my medium of choice, so I just love to see your pieces develop.

Barbara A. Freeman said...

Thanks Deb! Ha! You're pretty good with detail yourself, not to mention all the patterns in your work!

Yeah, graphite is great.