Sunday, June 30, 2013

Summer Succulent

Pastel, 5x7
© 2013 Paula Somma. All rights reserved.

While visiting my friend Shawna, I noticed this beautiful little succulent on her kitchen table.  I was immediately drawn to its intricate patterns, interplay of shapes, reflected light and color.  I snapped a quick reference with my cell phone camera and painted this later on that night.  That heart shape in the center was a happy accident and unintentional.  I was focused on the positive shapes of the petals and didn't notice that they created a heart until I took this photo of the final.  This is on UArt 400 Sanded surface with a complimentary pastel underpainting.