Sunday, March 13, 2011

Ivy

Bristol paper - 22 x 30 cm
In the last several days I had no energy or desire to paint. Things are very wrong when you loose desire for your hobby, so I had to do something to try and pull myself out of that hole.Decided to draw something, and this little ceramic jug with two strands of ivy sitting on my kitchen counter-top seemed like a good subject.
After finishing the pencil drawing below, I wanted to try it in color. So I sketched it quickly on four pieces of paper and did the pictures below.
The two on the top row are on watercolor paper, while #3 and #4 are on Bristol paper. Bristol is a very smooth surface (like the one for technical drawings) and the paints behave very differently. This was my first experience with it. It is hard to work wet-in-wet and to make smooth transitions, but it allows to create better contrast and the colors stay more intense, as they don't get so easily  absorbed by the paper. The first three jugs are done with quinacridone red, while the last uses cadmium red. It seems to me that the more opaque cadmium colors are better for still life.


8 comments:

Lydie said...

You have treated this subject with finesse and sensitivity. It's beautiful.

Jane said...

I do exactly as you when I loose the desire to paint, I start drawing something, whatever is around, hoping to speed up some inspiration!
Your jar is very pretty, and I think you did a great job with the shadows.

Carol Blackburn said...

So beautiful....

cathyswatercolors said...

Great idea to get you motivated again. Number 3 is the most vibrant,don't you think? Is it the dark you used next to the red? All are great and delicate.

Judy said...

What a great little jug! I like the shadows of the ivy!

Blaga said...

Thank you all for the very nice comments! This will definitely help regain motivation :)

Cathy, #3 was my favorite too. It was my first attempt on bristol and I was surprised how it kept the colors so intense. But the scanner changed some of the pigments into a colorless gray and on the screen the darks look quite spotty. In reality is is the one with the most contrast and 3D look.

Olivia said...

Fresh and charming !

Blaga said...

Thank you, Olivia, I'm so glad to welcome you here!