7" x 7", Prismacolor colored pencils
on Canson Mi-Teintes pastel paper, Light Blue
(click to enlarge)
The other day, I was looking at some fresh blueberries on an enamelware dish and thought they looked like an old-fashioned all-American summer day. So I started this little patriotic piece—you get the "flag" composition, right?—deciding to use this blue paper because it reminded me of sun-faded denim or chambray. As a result, the whole piece looks a little faded—I like that. I have a thing about that paper with blueberries; I used it this very same week three years ago on this blueberry sketch!
I kept accidentally smearing the red pencil into the white areas, and had to redraw them once before just resigning myself to pinkish stripes. I was originally going to have a bowl of blueberries, but changed the bowl to a plate for a more casual arrangement of the berries.
One thing I'm still deciding: does it look better showing a bit of the paper (below) or cropped as it is above? Feel free to leave me your opinion in the comments.
Some set-up and WIP pics:
(I had blueberries everywhere before I was done.)