Pencil on paper 43x30cm: I'm in a bit of a back-water just now searching for something to excite me and engage my mind. Making a big pot of soup I am looking at these leeks and thinking about St David's Day in a month or so's time. I set a challenge to a new Flickr Friend to do something for Burns' Day which he duly did, but I was to reciprocate with something to do with Wales and St. David's day, or Dylan Thomas. Now I really don't read Thomas finding him a bit hard for my limited sensibilities, but I can do something for St.David's Day. So when I see these leeks lying all in a row waiting for the chop I think: Leeks! This pencil drawing is the first stage in making my painting. I need to get to know them intimately and I do this by close scrutiny and drawing.
Pastel on paper, 43x30cm: Next stage in development is a pastel drawing/painting (it's definitely drawing but looks like painting!). Here I have enhanced the colours, particularly the blue, for the sake of a strong image.
Pastel on paper, 43x59cm: Another study, this time elongated and simplified as three stalks standing together wondering what has happened to the other two!
Oils on canvas, 80x50cm: Final attempt at portraying these leeks lying together awaiting their fate. Began by mixing the colours I was going to use and started with the white stalks, then the yellow/green, then the dark green applying the colour in sincle large strokes. Then I cut into the leek shape with the dark blue shadows, finishing (in the first session) with the blue background. I have always liked the combination of green and blue together. Next day I finished by going over where I thought the colours needed strengthening and sharpening up some edges. Pretty pleased with this!