Yonce Lilies: Part 14
Part 14 is a continuation of the Yonce Lilies blog posts. To see works from or read The Artist’s Story for Part 13, click here.
Just a simple concept was enough to attract me to the canna lily leaves in my Down The Drain piece. As I looked down the tube formed by the rolled leaves, my artistic vision was to create a naturally abstract composition that ventured into them. I loved how they were swirled and pulled my eye deeper inside. In my mind’s eye, the spiraling effect immediately made me think of a drain. With the very shallow depth of field my experimental macro rig produces, making a determination as to where the focal point should be placed was tricky. To increase my possible opportunities, several compositions were created with varying focal points. I then selected the most aesthetically pleasing winner during my post processing evaluation phase using the much larger computer monitor. Having a decently sized display (e.g., 27 inches) allows the ability to get a good overall feel of your artwork and makes picking the most desirable version easier. And, don’t get me wrong, the promotion decision is strictly based on emotional response.
I was attracted to the canna lily scene in my Injection piece by several factors. For example, the overall naturally abstract feel, the lively striped background, the bands around the center stalk, and the fantastic dew drop. This was one of those settings where you’re so pleased it makes you chuckle with excitement and anticipation. In my mind’s eye, the large drop near the top of the needle-like protrusion immediately made me think of a liquid that had been forced from a syringe to ensure that no air bubbles exist. Because I placed the focal point on the drop, the background stripes can be seen within it, which created another visually appealing element. Even though the depth of field is quite shallow, enough detail remained in the background to create a psychedelic feel. The background is actually fairly wet and covered with lots of dew drops, but they are faded just enough to where they add additional interest.
This is the final post from my visits to the Yonce farm. It is such a great place to find colorful and interesting subjects. I also had a couple of nice visits with Bob after having created during the best light of the morning. The last time we met he was recovering from being run over by his antique tractor in an unusual, freak accident where he managed to start it while it was in gear when standing in front of a rear wheel. He was actually pretty lucky to get out of the situation as well as he did because the outcome could have been much worse. He indicated that he was going to continue to “slow down” and maybe concentrate on the front gardens while letting the others go in the coming growing season. I hope to get back over there soon if for no other reason than to just visit with them.