Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Learning to play all of the notes

Nest Basket   watercolor/watercolor pencil   9.5 x 10
For me, painting is much like music. My favorite musicians play in a variety of styles to create different moods and lots of interest.....in other words, they seem to avoid formula music. I want my work to be like that. I want to play soft notes, as well as loud powerful ones. My usual hand is a heavy one..........I guess a bit bold.........so I am always attempting to lighten my hand when called for. My first attempt at a basket full of eggs is strong, using dramatic value shifts and line work at the end. I wasn't satisfied in that I got rather lost in all of the grasses and weeds. I wasn't certain that my treatment was appropriate for the subject. A bit distressing.

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