"Onions and Garlic"
This is one of
the most thought out compositions I have ever done. I was adjusting the
elements and lighting for three days before I even started drawing. Even
some of the crumples in the bag were planned. My goal was to use the
compositional techniques of 17th century Flemish classical realism to lead
the eye through the piece. The dark areas of the bag serve as a contrasting
background for the onions and garlic, and the interesting lighting effects
on the shadow side of the bag create arrows that should lead the eye to the
onion in the back. The background is lighter on the right side to create
contrast with the shadow side of that onion. All this, just to make it look
like my purchases from the market are waiting on my butcher block while I go
look for a knife. By the way, I don't own a butcher block. I had to make
that one up.
This drawing is now available as a limited edition print the same size that I drew it.
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