Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Blue Flag Iris - Speed and Tone Study

This is another of the quick studies I have been practicing (in an attempt to work beyond the confines of extreme detail).

This one took me only half an hour to finish, and I must say I'm not sure whether it's more difficult to include the detail or to keep it in the front of my mind while I'm working not to.......

The color choices for the flower itself are intentional as I'm also working to be conscious of tone in composition.

Please comment; good or bad, as it contributes to the effort. Thank you for visiting.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Tiffany Stained Glass c.1905 - "Hollyhocks and Arbor Vitae"

I'm really enjoying the challenge of capturing the look of stained glass w/my soft pastel crayons.

The stained glass attempt I previously posted is full of amber tones so I chose this one for it's greens and "comfortable, standby" pallette. Hollyhocks are especially appealing to me as the tall-standing, simple and graceful flowers are very old-fashioned. At the turn of the century they were often found in the gardens of glorious Victorian homes. In fact, when and where ever I see hollyhocks I am immediately reminded of the Victorian era.

This composition represents an irresistable combination for me; stained glass, greens and blues, and hollyhocks bordered by rich, green Arbor Vitae. I couldn't help myself. I hope you enjoy the view as much as I enjoyed depicting it.

Please comment if you wish; I'd love to know what you think.