Sunday, January 18, 2009


Finally got to my "vertical" lesson with this found subject: I turned around and there it was--light streaming in on Smilla and Itchy.
This should have been a lesson in thumbnail sketches becauseI see now the space above Smilla is unnecessary/of no interest. I like this subject so much that I'm going to do it again this week, but allowing more space for light and shadow shapes below Itchy.

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Anonymous said...

What a beautiful study. Love how you captured the light. Can't wait to see the redo.

"JeanneG" said...

I actually like it with the space above. No special reason, I just do. Where did the name Smilla come from? I love the name Itchy. That would fit most every dog I know especially mine.

Cathy Gatland said...

I agree with JeanneG - the space (even if you took the window out) gives the painting just that - space and light. But it will be interesting to see the difference when you focus more on the area below. It's a beautiful vertical study and subject! I started reading a book once 'Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow'(or something like that...)- never finished - what lovely names for your pets.

Cathy Gatland said...

...meant to say how very well you've got the light falling on their coats - fabulous!

laura said...

Thanks, Jean!

Hi Jeanne, I got Smilla's name, like so many of my animals' past and present names, from a book; in this case, Danish author Peter Hoeg's "Smilla's Sense of Snow." My other cat, Nanda, is named after a character in Henry James's "The Awkward Age." I inherited Itchy, so he came with his name; I didn't want to change it, though a very bright little boy I met walking Itchy one day suggested I do just that!

Hi Cathy--it was a hard read (I never finished any of his other books! But the name stuck in my head. I was lucky that the way the light was striking them was so dramatic!

Sharon said...

I really admire the patience it took to render the shadows shining through the carrier so well. I like this...AND the names of your pets!

A Brush with Color said...

Oh, I love it! You really captured the light!