I decided to participate in a challenge to create a piece focused on negative space. I had done negative space drawing exercises but not in a long time so I got out my sketchbook and set a chair in front of my design board and drew what wasn’t the chair. The first attempt was pretty funny, the next a little better, but I decided I didn’t want to do a piece based on a chair so I looked around for a likely candidate and spotted some paper-whites stuck in a vase with milkweed pods. I set up the paper-whites in front of the design board and repeated the exercise. The paper whites fell over after I drew them and I couldn’t get them right to photograph, but you get the idea.
I constructed a background that I liked well enough but none of the fabrics I auditioned worked for the paper-whites and I wasn’t sure it was a particularly good attempt of focus on negative space. Solid was dead and anything else was too busy.
But out walking with my dog, Annie, I noticed the abundance of apples on the roadside trees. Apples! Complementary colors. And many apples are red and green so I let the background be the green.
Actually it was a lot of fun.