What do you see?

Metal Cans & Onions, pastel, 11x17 in.

Metal Cans & Onions, pastel, 11×17 in.

What do you see when you look at this pastel drawing? A pile of metal cans with some onions thrown in? Why would anyone want to draw or paint that! Or have to look at it on their wall as art. Obviously, I must have found something compelling about this otherwise I would not have bothered to draw it. When I look at the subject, I see a host of opportunity to create a shimmering, vibrant study of surface texture. The onion skins echo the colors inside the cans, a brilliant coppery orange that bounces off the cool grey blues of the outer metal. The repeating shapes of the ellipses and spheres create a visual rhythm that keeps your eye moving throughout the composition. The detail is there, but it is all suggested or implied with quick, bold strokes–there is no fussiness in the application of the pastel, it’s pure fun. I think one of the things that can turn the ordinary into art is the ability to look beyond the subject and its context in real life. Doing so opens up a world of opportunity in terms of potential subject matter, it’s amazing how you can find something interesting just about anywhere if you have an open mind and a keen eye. So, next time you are looking for inspiration, just look around you–there is probably something right in front of you that could become your next painting!


4 Responses to What do you see?

  1. artprimedlm says:

    Reblogged this on Daniel L. Miller Works Collection and commented:
    Wish to try

  2. Yes Yes Yes to all you say here. It’s not the subject it’s what you see beyond the mere cans and onions.

  3. Comme le simple métal devient beau !

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