The dark side of the fig

If I squint the dark side of the fig and its shadow blend together. That was the first wash in the sketch. The deep yet dusty purple is a mysterious colour to mix — a blend of purple and green with a yellowish glow in places. Sketched in an Arches spiral sketchbook — a paper that soaks up all the water yet one that I continue to use.

Figs


20 Comments on “The dark side of the fig”

  1. Anders says:

    Sweeeeeet !!!!! I don’t know what I like the most… the thin lines or the colors… How do you do this…? do you have tutorial videos? It would be nice ! : )

    • I don’t have tutorial videos. I have often been asked but I barely have enough time to sketch in a day. Adding video to that… I would never get any sleep. Maybe one of these days I’ll try to find the time.

  2. Pat brookes says:

    Nice! I see color change in each fig and love the warm colors that light it up.

  3. Missy Walsh-Smith says:

    These figs glow! Beautiful!!

  4. Tracey says:

    My 22 year old said “Wow, sweet!” which is about a high a compliment as you can get 🙂
    Tracey

  5. Mary says:

    Such delicate and beautiful colours and shapes Shari 🙂 These figs are bursting with beauty!

  6. i see sunlight through the window. And we saw your paintings in the window in Rockport on Thursday.

  7. Brilliant use of the dark surface area on the right to make the white of the plate explode, yet still bring attention to the delicacy of the shadows on and around the figs. Love that violet on the foremost fig, and how it’s almost reflected on the immediate figs around it.

  8. Alison says:

    I love this. Wish I had read this post before sketching a cluster of mushrooms this weekend. A similar situation with the dark side and the shadow melding. Thanks for the instructive post. I think I’ll give the mushrooms another try.

  9. Beautiful Shari, So dramatic.

  10. The dusty purple is beautiful, but the color that fascinates me is the mysterious ( I hate to call it grey, that’s so blah) one that carves your plate out of the background. I want to be a fly on the wall and just watch you work!

    • A friend of mine calls those “colours you can’t name”. I think that’s a good description, and it is usually made up of all the muck on the palette. With a bit of cobalt blue added to it.


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