Philip is the visionary behind Home Harvest Farms, sturdy planters for indoor food production. His vision includes communities growing food everywhere. For him, intensive, local food production opposes climate change by protecting the climate, transforming the economy, connecting with nature, and rebuilding community. He contacted me about bringing these four concepts to life in two paintings:
Home Harvest Farms can look like this:
Here’s a look at some of my sketchbook for this project.
My own draft stage had multiple sketches, and then Philip and I reworked concepts in our meetings.
The groupings move around as I sketched.
The couple bartering carrots for bread remained mostly in the same place, but the foreground shifted especially as I wanted an “S” shape to move the eye through the picture.
I disconnected the city that we’re leaving behind (left side) from the foreground, so pollution from heavy industry didn’t flow into the food production.
I noticed that my early sketches had a perspective that was quite far away. By the end of the drafts, the viewer is much closer to the action, and almost right in the garden.
In all, I made at least 6 drafts in pen and 3 in colour (like the one on the left) before moving to the final pencil, pen, and watercolour stage. The final output was a pen and watercolour painting as well as digital files.
Home Harvest Farms: www.homeharvestfarms.com