Monday, February 16, 2009

drapery 2

(7.5x12)

I think I had resolved, at the beginning of the year, to set myself the task of doing a drapery study every week. My first drapery study was posted 1/12 ... so let's call it a monthly task.
This time, to my white cloth, I added a patterned one from Carolyn's. She had three stacks of cloths taller than I am, and after she died, her sons let us, her students, take them.
I had never painted this cloth, which was a favorite of Jennifer's--she likes bold patterns and yellow-green-red color schemes--but I guess she'd already painted it enough times and left it for me.
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12 comments:

shicat said...

Really nice colors, did you mask the stripes?

laura said...

Thanks, Cathy. I didn't use masking (which I generally try to avoid--too lazy!). Some stripes, like the red ones, I painted all at once and let dry before anything next to them. for others, like the yellow and pink stripes, I didn't want such a hard edge so I painted them then ran a brush with clean water between the stripes to fuse them.

A Brush with Color said...

Wow--great job, Laura! I think fabric is difficult to paint, and you did a beautiful job on this. Nice to read how you accomplished the look of this.

Watercolorist said...

I admire how you are always challenging yourself with different subjects. A great way to improve one's painting skills. Great job on this one.
Jean

bubblemunch said...

Such a difficult subject - material, creases, pleats, folds. You've painted the materials beautifully and skilfully.
The colours in the striped material are just gorgeous.

Jennifer Rose said...

the added colour is nice :) very nice job with the folds of the fabric

r garriott said...

A good resolution! One I keep making and breaking. The rendering of drapery is a beautiful thing. You are well on your way; beautiful colors in your shadows!

Teri C said...

I am really admiring this! The colors are great. The lights and shadows are great. Really great job!

Mineke Reinders said...

Lovely colors! Great job on painting the folds and shadows. I love that thin strip of gold or silver (ribbon?) on the fabric, it shimmers.

supplies overflowing! said...

wow- really beautiful. Like A Brush with Color said- nice to read how you did this, and like Watercolorist said, I too, admire how you challenge yourself.

Sharon said...

Laura, you are an inspiration. I guess one must actually practice painting fabric folds in order to master it...

I always want to skip the practice part. I'm also impressed by how you continue to challenge yourself.

Sherry said...

Your drapery study is amazing, colorful, intricate, and altogether appealing. It has a quality I admire in that the image is recognizable as reality, but it also feels abstract. Brava!

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