Sunday, July 11, 2010

An almost perfect day

One fine spring day earlier this year (and needless to say, it was pretty wet), I was walking somewhere SE, and the sidewalks were just covered, I mean COVERED, in maple seed pods. Bright chartreuse over wet, dark, shiny cement sidewalks. I've been waiting to paint that ever since.

So after almost 3 weeks away from the studio, I've started 2 more of the 7x7 panels, two different types—a paperbark maple and a vine maple. I'm not finished, but here are a couple of progress shots of each.

First one, paperbark maple. I created the background a few months back with some gray and bright color spots. Today, I added the pods, first in ultramarine. The pods are about actual size...you can see a real pod on the left:



Then I layered a light green and a yellow on top. They kind of look like bugs:



Then the vine maple. Until I decided to paint them, I hadn't really paid attention to how different the different maple pods are. Not only in shape, but also in color and texture, and some are really tiny. So these are starting out the same as the paperbark maple, but there's a lot more red in these pods. The wings are also a lot thinner:



This is as far as I got today. They almost look like peas. I guess they're rather similar ideas:

3 comments:

Gloria Freshley said...

Hi Shu-Ju,

These are lovely! Thanks so much for sharing your process. I continue to follow your blogs and always enjoy visiting. (I've included links to your sites in my sidebar.) Best...

gl. said...

i'm curious: what made this "An almost perfect day"? and why is one of the labels "pain"?

fingerstothebone said...

"Pain?" Took me a while to figure out what you were talking about...that was supposed to be "painting!" Fixed.

Lets see, if I remember that far back, why it was an almost perfect day -- I think the weather was gorgeous, I got to garden a little before I had the whole rest of the day in the studio. If it were up to me, all my days would be like that. Or at least most of my days...