The art of Jessica R. Shepherd.
Recontextualising botanical art through sound, publishing and painting.
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Hi JessI have always thought you to be a superlative painter of leaves. I have directed some of my younger pupils to your site to learn how to transcribe a photographic image of greenery, which you are also exceedingly good at. Would you perhaps have time to post the photograph from which you are working and say something about how you positioned the leaf - eg against the light, beneath the light etc - because you have a lovely way of calculating leaf shine, and enabling the veiwer to see the actual density of the leaf material. Best Wishes, and all smiles and waves from myself and the peony garden, Coral.
Hi Coral, thanks for your kind words - I am glad you like my leaves. I can definitely write up something for your students. This leaf is a bit of an odd one as quite a bit of the work has actually been done in the field, which is surprising given the drama. Even the image is a field photograph with no manipulation back home or lighting effects. Just our lovely sol. Spanish light... it's definitely intense! Anyway - I will have a go. I reckon it might be a couple of posts to get it right. Give a wink to your Peonies for me. Best wishes Jess
That's perfect Jess.I think you have made the point very well and given much of the information that I want my pupils to absorb in your reply to my request. There's no need for you to spend your painting time on posting more information. Its really interesting for beginner students to observe how the type of light used to illuminate a subject affects the subject - be it naturally warm and intense or cool and intense for example - which in turn will affect the way the texture and the structure of the leaves is revealled in the artwork. Thereafter, if a photograph is taken, its good for the artist's beginning this kind of observational work to know that they need to also take the photo 'in the field' and work from this, should they need to do so to expand the time taken to paint the work. Taking a photograph back inside the studio - depending on which way the studio window faces, will certainly produce different information from working in the 360 degree light shining out in the field. So interesting and more interesting, that you have already answered my question and pointed this out. There's absolutely no need to spend time on this and thanks so much for the lead, as it gives insight to the beginner student wanting to discover more. Thanks so much Jess. Coral.