Friday, December 21, 2007
Roses and Pomegranates
My dd also tells me that Taylor had her medications changed yesterday, is breathing so much easier, and is doing better with less fever... and so they're still intending their 5 1/2 hour trek north for a visit here this weekend.
My days are growing even busier and we have my son's children to watch as he and my dil begin their marathon holiday shopping -- so sketch and painting time are going to be crimped. But I have so enjoyed having hours at my disposal to study, ponder and paint ...
This still life, painted from a photo from Wet Canvas, presented a number of challenges ... I changed the color of the grapes from a repeat of the red/burgandy in the fruit and flowers to green only to realize that those same greens were also repeated in the leaves ...! LOL Dark values presented a challenge in trying to make them less flat ... and the sheer curtain was a challenge as I didn't want to draw too much attention to it and so faded as many details as I could.
I enjoyed doing this scene and will probably, as time permits, try another subject with similiar complexities.
Meantime, I'll be hunting for quick subjects to study as the holiday and company approach.
We're expecting a sprinkling of rain --- sure wish it could be snow! LOL