Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Update on Peaches


I haven't updated my peaches painting on my blog, purposely because I feel that the fact that part of it is in grey scale and part is colored, can confuse the viewer a bit.


This has been a most interesting, intense task. It has been painting literally, inch by inch as Michael Newberry has taught me in the Mentor Program. Doing big studies of difficult areas in pastel or graphite, following my pastel color studies and also doing thumbnail sketches from the set up from different angles. I have to be honest and say I didn't see the sense in doing so much, but I did it and have found that these are tools a realist artist should not work without.


At the moment the Peaches and tissue paper are still in grisaille and the casted shadows on the platter might not make much sense, but once the peaches and tissue paper are colored and the light put in its place I think everything will fall into place. I plan to go a little faster now but still can't possibly know when I will finish it. I imagine there will be a tweaking stage at the end, but what is ahead of me will be done with great pleasure.

7 comments:

Stacy said...

Mary, this is looking fabulous! I am glad to see you are still working on it. I too have learned the benefit of preparation from Michael. The thumbnail is my friend. :) I'll keep watching for the finish, whenever that may be.

cecemines said...

Mary,
I found your blog through Michael Newberry's wedsite. I am relocating to Mexico City with my husband and family. Been studying classic oil painting with a wonderful teacher here in Ottawa Canada and am looking for a teacher/studio to work in when I arrive in MC this August. I know you are a long way from the capital but perhaps you know of some classic atelier or teachers in MC. My online efforts to find such an opportunity have not found anything yet. Thanks in advance for any help/communication. Regards, Cecile Mines cecemines@hotmail.com

Mary said...

Hi Cecile, I'm gald you found my blog. It is not easy to find art classes online in mexico but there are many in Mexico City. I would gladly find out for you and I do know of some. this is my email if you want to cantact me.

mlelevier@hotmail.com

Gallery Juana said...

Hi Mary,
I have really enjoyed seeing your process for completing this work. Thanks for keeping us all updated.

Mary said...

Stacy I'm sorry, I though I had commented on your comment, thank you!

Juana, thank you for watching my process, your words are encouraging.

Pilan said...

WOW! I must say this is exciting to see your steps. I will be watching when you put color in the peaches. :)

Anita said...

Mary its time for an update - I saw on Michael's newsletter the update with the peaches painted and this is looking SUPERB! Wish I could get my colour to work like you do!