Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sacred Life Sunday: Still Life



they're not the best photos, but these are my paintings from art class yesterday...
(i've just discovered that if you click on the photos, you can see them close up - much better!! you can really see the meandering lines...)
first i drew the flowers with pen without looking at the paper - this is such a freeing technique! - you simply move the pen in accordance with what your eye is focussing on at any given moment... it's purely a right-brain activity looking at shapes and their relationship to each other without trying to draw 'a flower in a vase'.
then i painted with watercolours - trying to match the colours i was seeing, but again, focussing on a much freer style, painting a suggestion of what i was seeing rather than a exact replica...
i'm really enjoying these techniques! i don't get so hung up on trying to be exact - my downfall re. anything artistic - but it is a very good trait for a proofreader!! by not looking at the paper while i'm drawing, i draw much more freely. then when i come to paint this free drawing, my painting is much freer too!
i'm simply amazed at what my left hand is accomplishing!! obviously, i really miss the use of my right hand, but there is such freedom in using your non-dominant hand - why not try it sometime?

6 Comments:

At 6:51 pm , Blogger poppy m said...

Hi Claire,
They "feel" very flowery - as if you have captured an essence - that's got to be good - I love them

 
At 11:40 pm , Blogger Ninnie said...

I think they are fantastic. Love Hugs and Blessings

 
At 5:02 pm , Blogger zorana said...

Oh lovely! Great to see you creating again! Beautiful drawings/paintings! Very free flowing, with just the right colors. LOVE IT!

 
At 4:54 pm , Blogger paintandink said...

They're beautiful! I never would have guessed they were contour drawings at all...

 
At 5:53 pm , Anonymous gerri newfry said...

these look great!

 
At 12:45 pm , Blogger Jane said...

these are simply beautiful paintings.

 

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