Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday Sketches - Sliced Fruit

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"Sliced Fruit"

This week I've been in a food state of mind and have been filling my sketchbook with all sorts of fruit and vegetables.

Fruit presents the artist with some wonderful simple forms and shapes.  Fruit is a forgiving, interesting, and inviting subject because there is so much you can do with a simple fruit still life.

Sliced fruit adds a dynamic interest to a composition.  Trying to capture the juicy variances in the flesh, and the changes in the color tones can be lots of fun.

I especially love the possibilities for color that sliced fruit presents.  There are no rules when it comes to sketching and painting fruit.

For this composition I used a lemon yellow and a cool green to create the color tones in this lime. Yellow is normally considered a warm color, but when blended with a cooler harmonious color like green, it can actually present as cool.

I've been enjoying exploring the concept of warm/cool colors thanks to The Sketchbook Challenge this month.  And instead of watercolor, I decided to use Water Soluble Pastel.  The colors are very rich and creamy and the substance of the pastel make for some beautiful texture and splatter.

If you're looking for a simple subject to sketch this week, why don't you try some sliced fruit?

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