My next painting was inspired by Margaret Smith’s
Green Figs in Enamel Bowl. Follow the link to read more about the painter, and to see other of her works.
I write about this today, in preface to telling what I did this morning. I have seen fresh figs; I have sat in a fig tree and picked the fruit off the tree, and immediately taken big bites of the freshest figs. I know figs. (Link here for a related post.)
One thing I didn’t know about figs was how to draw and paint them. Rather than wing it and take a chance at screwing up my painting, I installed an app called Infinite Studio on my tablet, and got to work practicing drawing figs. I fooled around with colors, brush types and sizes, and positioning of the figs in my drawing. I drew and erased over and over until I knew I could make figs look semi-real. Then I roughed them out in the bowl of my painting, and got to work adding all the nuances I discovered in my practice.
That was a new process for me — I never sketched before I painted, just like I never wrote outlines for school papers until after the paper itself was complete. But this time, I am glad I took the time, and I’m sure, when I complete the painting, that it will look like a bowl of figs. Not just like Smith’s bowl, for sure, but a bowl, nevertheless.