Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Monday Drawing Class: Pears and a Basket

"Pears and a Basket"
14" x 12"
Pastel on colored paper

Monday drawing class emphasized modelling forms. The most difficult part of this piece is the linen napkin. I admire the ability of Peggy Stermer-Cox to model draped fabrics. Check out her daily drawings. Bob Semans, our instructor, always says that modeling in the midtone value range is the most challenging. Today I spent a little time cleaning up edges and working the shadows a bit more.

Bob says the object of our class is to learn to draw well, not to produce frameable art work. Occasionally I do produce one that I will mat for sale, but very few. This piece is not one of them, but I learned more about what I do and don't know .


8 comments:

PAMO said...

Mary, I love this! The pears are beautiful and the folds you've created are fabulous! I thought you would say this one was for framing. :-))

Barbra Joan said...

I just knew (before I even got to your blog) that I would love it. when I read 'pastel.' And I was Right!!! Your pastels are excellent Mary....

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi Mary,
You do me a great honor! Thank you!

I have to say I've worked on the drapery quite a bit, and am developing a love for it.

I like this work! It has beautiful shapes, rhythm and harmonious color. And, I like the drawing!

AutumnLeaves said...

The colors you've achieved on the fruit is just exquisite, Mary. The background wall looks almost copper, a neat effect. What I don't know fills reams and volumes of a scope that I can't even imagine!

Christiane Kingsley said...

I love the pears and the colors that you have achieved in the cloth and in the background.

hwfarber said...

This is a delightful painting. Charm sometimes has a great way of filling in for knowledge. I like what you've done.

Barb Sailor said...

This is a lovely pastel and I think you handled the modeling on the linen napkin extremely well. I feel as if I could reach out and pick it up and feel it's texture. Nice job.

Mary Paquet said...

Friends, thanks for the encouragement. My pastels are always something I do because I am working on my drawing skills, yet people like them.