Sunday, April 03, 2011

WIP- colored pencil, cracker

I'm starting a new little series of colored pencil pieces. Crackers. This is a humble Saltine.

These will all be 8 x 8 inches. So far its Prismacolors, and is on Strathmore archival illustration board.

I said a while back that I wanted to do a "Pantry" series. And I think this may be how I do it. Cataloging, one thing at a time, things that might be in a pantry. For now, anyway. I may get more ambitious with it later.

I love the square format, and love doing single objects in a straight forward kind of way. I also like the architectural qualities of crackers, with their evenly space little holes and perforated edges. They're obviously stamped out by a machine to all be alike, yet they're not. They're all individuals and have imperfections. The salt crystals are different on each one as well.

I just ordered some square frames, and am hoping they will work with these new pieces. They are white-washed, so I wanted to do some art that would work, colorwise, with those. And I thought they'd be good pieces to have hanging in a kitchen.

So that's it for now. I'm planning to do at least 4 of these, and will have to decide whether to offer them individually, or as a set. But first things first - finishing the first one!

So that's it for now. Back to the board.


Fay Akers said...

I'm always interested in how other artist come up with such great ideas for subject matters.

CC said...

Love this . Can't wait to see it progress.

Sarah Melling said...

Ooooh, I can't wait to see more of these! I know exactly what you mean when you talk about their "architectural" qualities. Eager to see which different ones you choose. My latest favorites are Rainforest Crisps but they may be too organically-shaped to work well with your series. Are cookies next? (That could take years!) Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Paula, thanks for the FB invite! Will go and "accept" after I tell your work! The cracker is so much fun! Who knew a cracker could be art! :-) Love it!
Also love the artwork in your other posts.
XO Diane

Joy Hall said...

Paula, love your art and am excited about your photoshop work. In fact, I have just started the ecourse you recommended. I have been a digital painter for years but have used a different program.

Thanks so much!