Grape Jelly Bean

Grape Jelly Bean, New Member

This New Member print is a signed digital print of my oil pastel sketch “Grape Jelly Bean” made in archival inks on Epson Velvet Art Paper. This print is 5″ x 7″, double-matted in white with a purple liner for an 8″ x 10″ frame.



ABOUT THE ARTWORK

Grape Jelly Bean

Grape Jelly Bean

I have more art materials close at hand in my studio and I’ve had this idea for working in oil pastel and Jelly Bean was the intended subject. Jelly Bean settled himself under my work lights as I had envisioned and voilà, there is a Grape Jelly Bean.

What I wanted to use was the way the colors do and don’t combine, using just about every color in the box to create the highlights and shadows. And though the Bean is a little black cat, there is not one dot of black anywhere on here. That was the other part of the assignment for me—non-representational color! After nearly a month of these sketches I feel a little more confident about loosening up, and in fact just dropped what I was doing, grabbed the little sketch pad and the red violet pastel and started sketching, adding other colors, layering, and overlaying.

I love Jelly Bean’s very roundness. While he is probably just a little rounder than he should be, he also has stocky characteristics and likes to bunch himself up so that he looks like a bunch of balls of yarn perhaps, all stuck together.

You can also find this image in my gallery of feline artwork.

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