"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.
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