|After being scanned, enlarged and printed|
|Arizona Hedgehog, endangered species. I think. Either that or Claretcup Cacti. I can't tell the difference...|
|Ready to be transferred to my watercolor paper|
|Graphite paper, a dear friend!|
|I'll bet Rembrandt would have LOVED a computer to draw from.|
Sitting with my full sheet on a board for support, I can sit by my computer and enlarge details on the screen to help me see how these blossoms grow, how the thorns project and what patterns they make as they intersect each other. They don't have to be arranged just like the photos, but knowing the angles they lean at as they lift away from the cacti, where their thorns are placed and where they emerge from the little round bodies of the plant gives me the power to make my composition my own.
|Now that the blossoms are transferred onto the paper, I can draw in the plants and thorns freehand. It's getting more complex and I'm getting more excited!|
So, I'm not a total purist. In the debate over using photos vs. not using them I am a fence sitter. Those who feel that using photos is leaving 'art' and entering 'pretty picture' territory will be shocked. Oh well, I'm actually just me. How I produce my work, the processes and inspiration I use are my own and the tools I utilize to get me there are, in my opinion, not nearly as important as what I produce. So there.
Come again! Alice