In drawing class, we reversed the shading process and drew with white colored pencil on black paper. We continued to look for light, medium and dark values while creating texture with our strokes. Just look at all those wonderful marks!
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When I see the sun breaking through the trees, my attention is led away from the day-to-day.
In that magical moment, I experience peace.
'Breaking Through' is a triptych (3 canvases, 12x36in. each), commissioned by Central DuPage Hospital, to be hung on a curved wall in their new Maternal Fetal Medicine suite.
There's a message of hope in such a scene. I keep taking pictures, trying to capture it. Look how the light gets so bright in the center that the branches closest to the light seem to disappear.
I took photos of my progress - from sketch to completed painting. In order to reflect my original inspiration of the sun breaking through the branches, I realized that the circles needed to be brought tighter together and painted brighter as they got closer to the center of the light. (I wasn't trying to make it snow!)
Seeing it broken down into steps, it looks easier that it was!
Color-wise, I was coordinating with 'Drink' - another painting purchased for the suite.
I wrote about the inspiration for 'Drink' in a previous post: All Who Are Thirsty...Drink
When I was growing up, I spent hours on the tire swing in our backyard - swingin', thinkin' and watchin' the world around me.
Using a variety of pictures for reference, my young students drew a tree, a horizon line (where the sky meets the ground), a tire swing and clouds. How they arranged their composition was up to them.
Then, we went in with our No. 2 pencil! Depending on which part of the drawing we were working on, we used our pencil in different ways to create light, medium and dark values (shading) and a variety of textures (how something would feel if we could touch it).
It was actually snowing and blowing outside while we worked on these drawings. So - using masonite boards to support our paper, we gathered around the fireplace to create! :)