Saturday, April 14, 2007

The Importance of a Thumbnail




I have started my new charcoal piece and was very satisfied with how easy the ideas for the thumbnails sketches flowed this time. The only thing is that when I started my piece I got carried away with my set up and forgot to use my thumbnail sketch as a guide. Half way through my piece I noticed that my plate with peaches did not show its priority in the whole drawing and that would change the whole meaning of the piece. In my thumbnail sketch the plate and size of the peaches are much larger and they are meant to be the focal point in the drawing, while in this study they take a minor place and are a little over powered by the dark shadow to the right. I am satisfied with the study as it is, so I will not change it or continue to work on it, instead I will start a new one with the same theme following my thumbnail sketch a little more closely. If all goes well with this piece it will eventually become a big painting in oil, and that is something that really has me all excited as it will call for some pastel studies of the peaches. Something new for me but something I am looking forward to immensely.

6 comments:

Robin Neudorfer said...

Mary Mary Mary.... this is exciting!
It may not be the direction that you were headed, but oh how lucky that you needed to get this one out of your system. It is spectacular. I so look forward to the next and the one after that, and....

Mary said...

Awe, thank you Robin! I got down the drawing of the the second peaches one, so I hope it will go a little faster. I can hardly wait to get into the oils.

Pilan said...

Mary these drawing are fabulous. Your skills are looking awesome

Cynthia said...

Your drawing looks wonderful. You make me want to grab my sketch book and charcoal. I can't wait to see the painting. I loved your comment about painting/drawing perishable plants, food etc. So true.

Mary said...

Thank you Pilan and Cynthia! I think I am almost done with the second version of the peaches and hope to post once Michael sees it. Just in time because there have not been any peaches in the store this week.

Katherine said...

The importance of thumbnails - how true. I really like your thumbnail study - and look forward to seeing it developed - and to see how you like pastels