“Still Life” is an arrangement of shapes, colours and textures observed while eating breakfast on Wednesday 19 October 2016 at a Beaubourg café. I look up from my chocolat chaud and there it is…an abstract collage of ordinary life…patiently awaiting my attention.
In this urban scene on the intersection of rue Quincampoix and rue Aubry le Boucher banality and elegance dance a stationary duet. My imagination is captured, causing the art area of my brain to flash with excitement. We have contact!
Technical note 1: “Still Life” is drawn with an undercoat of oil pastels and a top coat of coloured pencils. Caran d’Ache Neopastels are used for undercoat on the left part of the drawing which is depicting distance (the buildings). For the in-your-face wall on the right and ‘sens interdit‘ (no entry) sign I have utilized the bold Sennelier oil pastel. The different qualities of these two pastel brands work together to help create both subtle distance and strong close up texture.
Technical note 2: On complementary colours: How did I get the reds in the drawing to stand out? By surrounding them with green. While you don’t look at the drawing and say to yourself, “There is obviously green around those reds”, yet it is present; plenty of it, worked subtly into the chromatic colours.
To see the original post on working with oil pastels in combination with coloured pencils, see Brush and Pencil