Aug. 18th, 2010

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Didn't have any time to work on this outside of class in the last week. So... before class pic on the left, after class pic on the right (I had a little trouble getting the camera focused correctly, too.).

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There's less detail now, but things are getting corrected. We learned about glazing in class, but I wasn't ready yet to start that step. I hope I get plenty of time to work on her this week. I want to get the shapes in her head sorted out and put texture back into the scratching post bit at the bottom. Then I can start playing with the glazes and that will help put the gray shadows back into her white floofiness and help make the dark background and her black fur a little richer.

I'm thinking about taking another six weeks of this class, too. Monday evenings, Mid-September through Mid-October. (But this painting should be finished by then.)
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At some point, I would like to do a series of still lifes, each featuring a piece of bright, vintage enamelware. But in my tiny little city apartment, I'm pretty limited with the settings I can use and the things I can throw into the picture.

None of the pictures below are the lighting I'd want use, but I was trying some things out early this morning and pondering options.

In the end, I'd really want the series to be about the bright primary/secondary colors, simple shapes, and the blonde wood.

I also like the idea that it's catching a moment before I sit down and enjoy a simple pleasure.

The cup and saucer belonged to my great-grandmother. The handkerchief needs pressing, but is one from my mother's collection of vintage handkerchiefs (which probably makes it more from my grandmother's era than hers). The teapot is a vintage find from online (not usable for tea anymore) that I loved at first sight. In my head, it belongs to my mother's era, so I have elements of three generations here.

But I'm not sure what to do with it.

I don't want it to be one of those still lifes that has random fruit/flowers/stuff in it that makes you think "WTF? What does that _____ have to do with anything else in that picture?" I also don't want it to be too crowded. But I don't want it to be too static or dead, either.

Seeking tea-potty wisdom... )


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