Wednesday, February 04, 2009

(4x6 postcard)
I haven't forgotten about my still life setup. Began to draw it, on a 16x20 sheet of paper, last night. Just for fun I made this postcard ... and I'm glad I did--I see I need to avoid the pine and silver dollars being so vertical and parallel!
Also began to try once again to paint cyclamen. I don't know why, I find it very difficult to capture the character of these flowers (I won't even mention the leaves!). Started on the left with the background, but I didn't like how it was going, so I switched over to the right and the flowers themselves. I think, in this particular case, I'd be happier if the flowers were larger.
And the shadows on the petals softer (a hazard of painting at night).

Two drawings done this morning. Normally, I would start right in painting, but I can see the benefit of waiting: seeing these here I think both need something more on the right.


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supplies overflowing! said...

I love the work that you post,your color choices, your skill, but what I would like to see in these last two drawings is more space on the left side of both. The first could do without the little doodad thing you have on the right, crop a bit there, and like I suggested, space on the left side- though not to center the drawing...The second drawing I like as is, but I would like it more with breathing room on the left. No insults intended, and I am envious of your talents- truly.

laura said...

That's a good point; instead of adding something to the right, balance it with more space on the left!
Love the snow photos in your post today; we didn't get much snow here. Just a dusting that turned icy overnight and is now all melted!

A Brush with Color said...

I love the work you post, too, Laura. Those drawings are just wonderful, although I couldn't see the second image in this post for some reason. The first painted still life is beautiful, with the reflective surface so loose and lovely. I kind of see what you mean about the parallel tall images--(I like supplies overflowing's ideas)--but I still like it! I probably wouldn't have noticed that if you hadn't called attention to it, since I was so taken with the beautiful reflective bowl.

supplies overflowing! said...

thanks for understanding what I was trying to say and for not being angry. I am sure you will figure out what works and when you do, it will be lovely.
Thanks also for stopping by at my post, and for the compliments, too.

shicat said...

Hi Laura, the gold in the still life is beautiful. Is that Quin gold? When you talk about the pine and the silver dollar being too vertical does that mean you are going to keep one vertical and vary the height? I think the drawings are great. It's nice to be right in the middle ofthe Cycla...I'm jealous of the amount of painting you have been doing. I have been so tired after work I just don't have an ounce of creativity left. Hopefully this weekend I will paint.

laura said...

You have what I imagine must be a very demanding job, Cathy, physically and emotionally. I'm sure you need all the rest you can get!
The goldenish color is actually Schmincke's transparent orange--a favorite of mine--over/next to nickel azo (yellow).


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