|"Helpers" Pastel 9 x 11 © Donna Gross|
This piece is rendered from a photo I took while exploring Wilder Ranch here in Santa Cruz on Christmas Day. I was struck by the composition of the broom with the large shovel and the wheelbarrow peeking around the corner. The photo was grainy and dark and provided the mood I was going for. The painting is rendered much lighter with color I added for interest.
This piece was a challenge to accomplish the subtle colors found in the wood and making that broom stick straight! I enjoy mixing it up....moving in and out of genre....landscape to still life...to figure and back again. While I may not have an established genre of mastery, I am practicing with whatever interests me. Writers write what they know about...Dancers dance to their abilities and physical faculties...Painters paint what they want to spend time looking at!