Friday, 18 November 2011

Forget-me-nots nearly finished


Flippin' heck I've gone all painterly!  Well some would say I've been that way for quite some time ... might as well go the whole hog and start oil painting.  On second thoughts, maybe not, I like pencil points, a clean environment and control over my medium too much!

So here is where I'm at with this.  I continued with the background very loosely with the same pencils as before.  I dithered about how much to define those buds at the bottom.  If they are too well defined they could end up being a bit of a distraction from the main flower focus.  The jury's still out on that.  I've kept the pencils sharp and used them very lightly, just mixing the different hues on the paper.  I keep layering to a minimum and don't like to obliterate the paper ... that would feel like I was working against the paper rather than with it, if you see what I mean.

So yes, it looks more like a painting than a drawing.  I'm quite pleased with it as it is but I'll put it away now for a while then possibly tweak it some more if it needs it.

8 comments:

Pauline said...

I love it, one of your best Janet, hope you are going to enter it in next years UKCPS exhibition

Carmel said...

Janet, I also love this piece. Soft muted colors. Blue is my favorite. You are very good at sharing your process.

Katherine Thomas said...

It's GORGEOUS! I admire your restraint in not detailing the buds at the bottom. That's the right decision, to not let them detract attention from the main flowers, but with pencils I sometimes feel like I should detail everything, just because I can. You have done such a great job with this, Pauline is right in predicting this painting as an exhibition winner!

Janet Pantry said...

Thanks Pauline, I appreciate that. I know, I went awol this year and didn't enter. Well, I'll give it a go next year, all being well :)

Thanks Carmel. I love blues too, don't use them very often :)

Thanks Katherine. Know what you mean! Pencils are just made for detail ~ it's so hard to hold back! :)

Anonymous said...

WOW Janet, this is just beautiful. I love all your flower pictures but this is the best so far. They just keep getting better and better. Fabulous !
regards, Daryl

Janet Pantry said...

Thanks Daryl, I'm glad you like it. It makes a change from the single flowers I tend to do. Might do some more of these 'group' ones, I really enjoyed it!

Sabrina Collares said...

hey i really enjoy seeing the creative process!! =) i am very fan of taking pictures and keeping records of the entire process while i make a drawing. :) x

Leslie Hawes said...

This is truly beautiful!

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