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The Green Pool


The Green Pool
36 cm x 54 cm, pastels and charcoal on acid-free paper.
Date produced: November 2005, while living at North Adelaide (2005-2006).

This piece is really about responding to the interesting structures experienced while standing up close to the tree’s centre.

“The Green Pool” is a small pool of trapped rain water held up in a pocket within the trunk. It can be seen as a rich green shape near the centre of the drawing. A few leaves have fallen into the pool. It is probably the birth place for hundreds of mosquitoes and thousands of other small organisms. I’ve coloured the pool (which in reality was close to black) as a rich turquoise green mainly because I wanted it to suggest that it was water in an exotic context, but also because I wanted it to contrast with the blues and oranges used throughout the majority of the drawing.

The blues and oranges have come from using an exaggerated aerial perspective approach, using colour to help express the closeness or distance of various parts of the tree (oranges used to bring surfaces closer, blues used to push surfaces more into the distance or to show the air/space around various forms).

 

Detail 1:

The Green Pool - Detail 1

 

Detail 2:

The Green Pool - Detail 2

 

Detail 3:

The Green Pool - Detail 3

 

At an Earlier Stage:

The Green Pool - At an Earlier Stage

I like using natural charcoal for producing my initial layouts. It is very soft, it flows nicely, it is easily smudged and worked with my fingers, and it can be erased easily - making it ideal for building up layouts quickly. I can fine-tune the layouts and even build up some tone before fixing the drawing and starting over the top with pastels.

After I saw this charcoal drawing at home, I decided that I’d keep it as it is and make a copy to continue the intended colour piece. I firstly fixed the drawing with spray fixative. I then photographed this drawing, and used my computer and printer to print out a full-sized version over 4 pieces of A4 paper that needed to be joined together in a 2 x 2 array. I then put charcoal over the back of the joined printout and proceeded to trace the drawing onto a new piece of Canson paper.

 


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