Sunday, December 14, 2008

Larger than life candy apples

I decided to try working on a larger size 12x24" cradled gessoboard and was inspired to draw more candy apples! I really  had fun with the colors and reflections in the apples which you can't see all that well from the photo I took on my easel. I worked on the piece on Terra Cotta Colourfix primer and tried something  new with the background. I used Caran d'Arche Neocolor II and Cretacolor and water. The reason I used the two brands is because I only bought small sets and liked a various red, a blue and a brown. They are at my studio so I can't recall the exact colors but if anyone wants to know, I will get the names. It was a real challenge getting the dark background smooth on the sanded surface. I also had trouble with the flakes of the crayons getting all over the drawing and the color running into the sticks when I added water. I think next time I try this method, I would put the background on first rather than last. Another thing about working on a large sanded surface is that flecks of pencil go everywhere, all over my drawing table, my skin and the floor. I almost need to vacuum as I work! Also, I found the pencil was brushing right off the piece so I had to stop and apply Workable Fixative to keep the pencil in place. It was a learning experience. I am not quite finished, the piece is standing on my easel so I can look at it and tweak as needed before I varnish.

7 comments:

A.C. said...

Hi, I've been looking around your site and loving your art!

I hope to see more creations, they are inspiring me a little with my photos too!

Keep up the great job :-)

Kendra said...

Thanks for looking at my site! Glad its inspiring you!

hbedrosian said...

This is really beautiful, Kendra - so eye-popping and vibrant! I am trying to figure out what is in the reflections... wish I could see it up close!

Kathy said...

Wow, Kendra! Another amazing apple piece. I'd love to see this in its' larger format. All your experimenting seems to be quite successful.

Teresa said...

It's gorgeous! So rich and lifelike. Thank you for sharing your working method - it's interesting and helpful.

Block Dog Art said...

Hi Kendra, I am fortunate enough to have seen this painting in person, love it, the apples drip with reflections.

Kendra said...

This piece is going to a "Red" exhibit for February. We'll see how it fares!