Wednesday, April 08, 2009

drapery 3

I've fallen behind on my plan to do a drapery study a month. (See January and February's studies.) I started this in March, but abandoned it because the paper was uncooperative--the colors wouldn't flow or lift.
Yesterday I thought I'd give finishing it a try--what could I lose? Though it didn't turn out as I'd hoped, it's not as bad as I thought it would be either ... And now I can moveon to my April drapery study.

From "Four Poems for Robin" by Gary Snyder

A Spring Night in Shokoku-ji

Eight years ago this May
We walked under cherry blossoms
At night in an orchard in Oregon.
All that I wanted then
Is forgotten now, but you.
Here in the night
In a garden of the old capital
I feel the trembling ghost of Yugao
I remember your cool body
Naked under a summer cotton dress.

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Barbara M. said...

Hi Laura,

I like the painting and the fabrics it depicts. I just love blue and white fabric. You've done a super job of painting this cheery drapery.

Take care,


angeltreats said...

I think this turned out great - fabric folds are so hard to draw or paint. I love the shadows.

Sharon said...

Folds and drapes are a challenge. I think it turned out well. Your shadows are transparent and delicate and don't overpower the fabric.

Laura Trevey said...

I love the freshness. You really have mastered the art of not "overworking" a painting. That is something I always struggle with...

A Brush with Color said...

I'm a huge blue and white fan. I just think it's such a soothing, calming combination. Love the touches of warm pinks here, too. I think fabrics are hard, but you seem to have created this with great facility. Lovely poem, too, Laura!

deepazartz said...

Beautiful painting...I loved the cool drapery.

Cathy Gatland said...

I love these colours too - I have bed-linen in blue and white stripes which is sadly a bit threadbare now! This makes a great abstract study when you click on it and get the zoned in enlarged version - almost a landscape.

Teresa said...

Wonderful drapery study. So crisp and yet soft in places... great job!

Lindsay said...

beautiful poem and drapery study.

Lindsay said...

Forgot to say, your traveling sketches, with simple materials are lovely


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