Saturday, September 24, 2011

Seed Pod 1

Seed Pod 1

Its Fall, a season of new beginnings.

I've been itching to do some new work, but not sure what. I decided to sit at my board and just start doodling. I started sketching a kind of pea pod, and thought "I don't want to draw peas, why am I drawing a pea pod?" But I finally gave in to it, sketched out a pod shape on a piece of Stonehenge and started coloring.

As I got into it, I realized the symbolism of a seed pod - its a dried or drying-up husk, and contains the seeds of new life. Creativity, new life, new work, new ideas, straining to come forth. How perfect an image is that? 

This piece is 5 x 7. I started with Coloursofts, then switched to Lyra Rembrandt Polycolors and Polychromos. There are a lot of layers of pencil on this. A lot

I loved just making this up out of my head. I'm kind of tired of taking reference photos and trying to slavishly copy things. Don't get me wrong - I love realistic art (obviously). And I love drawings of food or botanical subjects drawn from life. I'm just saying it was refreshing to invent something for a change.

I called it Seed Pod 1 because I have a feeling this may be a series.

I'm not sure where this will lead, but I'm hoping that whatever I've tapped into here will yield some good things all across the board (pun intended) - this 'fine art' side as well as the illustrator side of myself.


Katherine Thomas said...

This post gave me goosebumps. I've had that same experience of feeling like I had to paint something but didnt know what was going to come out of my pencils, just gave in to it, and let it flow... Your pea pod is terrific!

Kerry said...

Do you ever photograph the stages of your drawings? Would love to see them if you did and see how the layers progress. You have such talent and your images are always a pleasure to view.

CC said...

Love this.
Reminds me of Giovanna Garzoni's still life paintings, in color and texture.

Sarah Melling said...

Oooh, I'd love to see a series of these. I love the diagonal placement on the paper, and the fact that it's soft and ethereal. Almost as if it could grow into something zoological as easily as something botanical!

Janet Pantry said...

Such a pleasure to see your 'doodling' Paula. This has many gorgeous colours in it and yet isn't overworked at all, so skillful ~ lovely work.