|"Distracted Gourds." 12"x20"in, Oil on Linen.|
|The Cartoon Pencil on Paper|
|Still Life set-up and First-Painting Stage.|
|First Painting the Gourds|
|Completed First-Painting Stage|
|The Starting of Second-Painting|
|The Finished Painting|
scumbled a light blue/gray color over the parts where I wanted the mold. If I where to have painted it wet into wet I would have risked mixing the two colors too much. There is a certain quality of scumbling that better suits the painting of the mold. Often it appears dryer and dragged so that bits of the orange can show through. The background was finished by weaving broken colors of warm, cold and neutral grays.
Finally in working on the wood I focused of the most interesting parts that made up its character. I was faced with the question of painting every single grain, notch and crack or generalizing to not pull attention away from the gourds. The best bet seemed to focus on the major stains and cracks and let the distractions remain in life.