Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Bunch of parsley

parsley start

bunch of parsley
12/10. Bunch of parsley, oil on linen panel, 4x5 in.

I took the first photo when I realized I was working in a new way, that is I used a cool color to rough out the form (very rough) and stain the canvas - I don't know if it was simply because the dominant color here is green or if it was a subconscious experiment - but the surface seemed to have infinite potential once that amorphous shadow was sketched in. In some recent pieces I had thrown in some bluish-white at this early stage to get some of the "air" along the edges, though not here because the parsley isn't a solid form with a turning edge. In this case the blue went into the bulk of the parsley, more as an effect of the light than atmosphere. But I found as I went along that it was good to have the initial rough stage as a foundation, something to play off of for subtle space around the parsley. Normally I had used a brown all over for blocking in shadows etc., even in the broccoli piece, because I was so used to it.

(One of these days I might try something else novel, that is go to bed early so that I can think and write in the morning and am not like a zombie with a blog.)


Julie K. Rose said...

I'm sorry I don't comment much here, but I want you to know I'm fascinated by your process. I can't even draw a stick figure, so seeing you create like this is amazing and inspiring.

Anonymous said...

Hello Dan

Beautiful work. I enjoy seeing your work each week. considering a purchase soon.

Dan P. Carr said...

Thank you. Good to hear from you Julie. Some people's stick figures can kick my stick figures' behinds.