Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Everyday Matters Challenge # 24: A Piece of Fruit


i am very comfortable with monochromatic compositions. or mainly monochromatic compositions. pencil and ink are things that i have always felt comfortable with.

color, on the other hand, is an aspect to art that i really still need to explore. mixing colors and seeing colors are difficult for me. so i thought i'd use this everyday matters challenge to get some practice. i had done some earlier pieces of peaches and red peppers, only to be sorely disappointed. with these lemons i thought i'd play around with different colors for shading instead of just grays and blacks and yellows.

i also thought i'd use the picture as an opportunity to practice with my newly purchased india ink and stylus.

i did most of the piece in the half an hour before i had to leave for work the other day, so some things are a bit sloppy. and any work i did afterwards simply compounded the sloppy parts instead of improving it.


  1. Yeah another Marylander!
    nice work, lovely really

    edm group

  2. You did a good job on those lemons. I am also new to WC and keep trying different things and different ways. I am always surprised how they turn out and it's a great learning experience. Keep up the good work.

    EDM group also

  3. I think this is def. a good start seeks. keep playing around with those hidden colors, but still try and focus on tones and values.

  4. I'm in the same boat as you with wanting to explore different medias. I recently had two good conversations about oil painting and hope to give that a try soon enough.
    I really like what you did with the "bottom" or stem side of the lemon on the right. I think the reds and purple really came together well there.

  5. thanks for the feedback! hey niff... can you delve into the tones and values more... i know i need to work on them, but i often feel like i don't know where i need to take it.

    i think i've gotten into the way-too-rushed mode these days. i need to slow down a bit to get a better appreciation of values. and using my mediums well.

  6. Great painting! I especially like the splashy loose look of the colors. Very nice!

  7. really like this! like your color choices and that there is just line work on the containers