Friday, 29 April 2011

The Beast and the Beauty

I have finally emerged from the chocolate coma and the school holiday mess and distractions are finally behind me (...well almost just one little long weekend to go) , which means that it is almost time to get back to the joys of spending the days in the studio.

I am labouring away on the nectarine blossom , but I think it is a victim of the extended break and it is very hard to get back into it, and so I am thinking I need to dig in and just get it finished off as quickly as possible. It is hard to keep the momentum going on a drawing when it has sat on your desk for weeks on end and to tell you the truth I just get sick of looking at it, but I think it is worth pushing through that on this one as it is still looking as though it could be a successful finished piece. As always it is a learning experience and I am realising it is so important to have self imposed deadlines to avoid this in the future.

Inevitably though my mind has started to turn to the next project and I am torn between the obscene beauty of the rose which I photographed recently. I have quite a thing for apricot roses and am quite proud of this photo and think it would make a beautiful botanical piece, but then at the grocery shop yesterday I was seduced by the absolute mind bending freaky ugly beauty of this celeriac. I love the texture and subtlety of the colours in the vegetable and it reminds me of the pale beet that I drew last year. So it is a choice between the beauty or the beast, between trying to capture the papery delicacy of the rose, or the solid knobbly texture of the celeriac. One is a riot of colour and the other is so subtle in its colour... choices, choices!!!

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