Tuesday, June 1, 2010

A Series of Shapes



My fellow artist friend, Sherry (AutumnLeaves) suggested this challenge to me, it's the Behind the Scenes blog. And she suggested this particular image, which is an assortment of table items (glasses, milk containers, salt/pepper, etc). It is a very busy scene and very captivating also. The number of lines and curves is amazing - and anyone who wants to practice their reflective and transparent skills will definitely find this a challenge.

But I chose to go the abstract route, and I did submit this to the blog. I'm not sure if it will post, as the abstraction sort of negates the reflective and transparent properties of the image. But I thought I would post it here to show evidence of my work on this. It WAS a definite challenge - and I do believe I mixed/remixed/remixed again my colors as I wanted some very specific shades to work in this.

Sherry also did a terrific watercolor version, which she posted on her blog and you can find it here.

Mine is acrylic on a 9x12 canvas sheet (although the painted image itself measures roughly 7 x 11-1/2)



6 comments:

Barbara said...

I like this. It's a really interesting image. I think it does kind of capture the reflective and transparent properties, in their distilled essence.

AutumnLeaves said...

Oh this is fabulous, Nancie! I think you did an amazing job here!! I actually had to upload the photo to photobucket and play with effects to help me better see the lines in my own piece. Then I had my husband print it out for me on photo paper (truly, a pretty darned cool piece of art in and of itself! LOL) so I had a reference photo. Anyway, Celeste said she will be posting the submissions once the deadline has been met (June 5th, I believe it is). This one taught me alot!

Nancie Johnson said...

Thank you both, Sherry & Barbara. This painting was very much a challenge - so many lines & curves. But I had a lot of fun doing it - I couldn't really tell if things were working right until the end. Then I could step back & "see."

Nancy Goldman said...

I love this as an abstract. I thought about trying this challenge but thinking about drawing all of those shapes hurt my head.

Carrie H. said...

I agree with having to look at this from a distance. You handled the shapes and values in a very convincing manner and I like your color interpretation. I need to finish mine. ~I'm such a procrastinator.

Nancie Johnson said...

Thank you Nancy & Carrie. I had to do this as an abstract - seeing it as realism made my head hurt too! Carrie - I'm looking forward to seeing yours.

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