Sunday, July 11, 2010

Update - Finished - Forest with Dragonfly, Graphite on Dura-lar Matte WIP


I thought I had finished this work of the forest with dragonfly, (still untitled), but had mixed feelings about it after I photographed it and saw it on the monitor. The area that radiates from the dragonfly was to be of a greenish glow. Instead it was a bit too much on the yellow side, (see above).

The Vernal Arrival of the Green Darner © Barbara A. Freeman
Mixed Media on Film 7" x 7"

I decided to go back into it and lift some of that color off and add more green. It still doesn't look as green here, above, as it does in person. However, I am much happier with it now that I've changed it. A work always looks better after I get away from it and then look again with new eyes. It will be cropped a tiny bit after I mat the work which I think will make the composition stronger.

Close-up of dragonfly detail.

This work was done with graphite on Dura-lar Matte film. I used colored pencil on the back of the finished graphite work. The dragonfly's tiny wings were glazed with Golden interference oxide green (yellow shade). When I have it titled and framed, I'll post it again in it's completed form. Thank you for taking the time to read about my work in progress.

7 comments:

Mona said...

You've been on a roll lately with awards and shows Barbara, congrats again. Love this one too--very mystical with that glow.

AutumnLeaves said...

A fabulous concept here, Barb. I love this piece and I've had my eyes open to noticing trees with this similar style of bark when I've been out and about. As always, a stunning completed project!

Jane said...

The lighting on this is looking wonderful! really makes one want to be there :)

Barbara A. Freeman said...

Thanks Mona, I have been very thankful to get them too!

Thanks Sherry and look out for those secret openings in the trees.

Thanks Janie. Keeping my fingers crossed it will get in one of our local shows.

Dors said...

Love it Barbara. Love the bark of this tree. I am always in awe at your work and love the little dragon fly.

DEB said...

Wonderful work Barbara. I want to see your work in person one day. Will you be entering the MPSGS show? If so, I really look forward to seeing all your detail up close.

Barbara A. Freeman said...

Thanks Deb. Yes, I will be submitting to MPSGS. It was great seeing your work in person!