Cherry and Pistachio

Using all of the media in my Art Snacks box was very much a challenge this month.  There were two gelatos in colours labelled cherry and pistachio.  I don’t have much success with red and green colour palettes and I have even less success with using gelatos.  I know people who absolutely love gelatos and achieve a great deal of success with them.  I meanwhile only seem able to achieve scribbly, scratchy, puddly messes.  The box also contained an acrylic spray and sprays are again something I have no aptitude with.  I tend to make an absolute mess with those.  I was feeling very daunted about embarking on an illustration using these materials.

I received a peach hued marker in the box so I knew I would draw a human figure.  I was using the three narrow paper samples provided so that format suggested the composition to me.  I was actually surprised with how successfully I managed to create flesh tones using the beige base of the paper and the peach marker as I usually make a streaky mess with markers.  And then it all went wrong.

I smooshed some gelato onto the paper and activated it water and moved the pigment around.  However, no matter what I did, my initial scribbles remained visible and the pigment settled unevenly so it all ended up looking rather patchy.  Evidently I need much more practice with using gelatos.  And then I added the spray and made even more mess and really stuffed up the illustration.  I drew on some branches dipped in the ink actually using the spray pump tube as my mark-making tool.  When I tried to use it as a spray, however, I didn’t achieve fine mist but instead got large puddles and ugly drips.  Such a mess.  Time to step away and call this piece done.  You can’t win them all.

Art Snacks - May 2019 - 1

 

8 thoughts on “Cherry and Pistachio

    • Thanks, Beverly. Of course, nothing is a failure when we learn from the experience. That is one of the great things about participating in creative challenges. I am determined to get better at using certain media too.

    • Thank you so much, Sharon. I enjoyed the challenge of the colour pallette and the three different tones of paper. The challenge of gelatos and sprays, however, seemed to get the better of me – this time at least ….

  1. She looks as though her heart is breaking. It reminds me of the scene in Up where the Ellie has just had a miscarriage and has her eyes closed to the wind outside. On a brighter note, our local grocer has just start offering cherry pistachio ice cream, and we’re nearly through with the pint. So they DO make a nice pairing LOL.

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