Orange by Dave Martsolf


Small (21.7" x 16.4")

Available to buy on…

I thought of the orange as a metaphor for the Earth. A geologist once told me that if I ran my fingers over the surface of an Earth the size of an orange that I would not even feel the Himalayas. So, I measured the difference between the lowest and highest peaks of roughness on this orange and it measured a 120 mile difference if the orange were the size of the Earth. So, this orange is about 16 times “rougher” in surface modulation that the true planet Earth. Amazing, really!

This is my first drawing ever using the combination of colored pencils with bristol paper. In this case I used a Strathmore Windpower 100 lb smooth Bristol paper. The original drawing is 8″ × 10″ and is available for purchase for $98 USD plus shipping. Contact Dave Martsolf at for details.

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  • KazM
    KazMabout 3 years ago

    Outstanding Orange

  • Thanks Kaz!

    – Dave Martsolf

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelabout 3 years ago

    Very nice work, congrat’s on being featured in the primitive art group!

  • Thanks for the thanks. A lucky day for me!

    – Dave Martsolf

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorabout 3 years ago

    Amazing Dave!! :)

  • Thanks Keith. I keep on trying to regenerate the warp drive. It sputters along. I mean, this time an orange came out. What next? Someone said I should paint cows. Man!

    – Dave Martsolf

  • E.E. Jacks
    E.E. Jacksabout 3 years ago

    Wow fascinating stuff! Amazing work ofcourse :)

  • Thanks E.E. So glad you liked this first effort on Bristol paper.

    – Dave Martsolf

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