Wednesday, June 13, 2007

O'Keeffe Value Studies

Quick post today because I'm anxious to get to my pencils. Last night after reading Katherine's post about notan I decided to do quick value studies of some O'Keeffe's work. Above are some of the sketches. It was an interesting exercise. I found that the value studies that had patterns that I liked were the works that I liked and also the ones I found boring corresponded to works I didn't particularly like. Of course, I knew this before, but it is still interesting to see it for "real."
Two further points of interest:
  • the value sketches for a group of apples and a mountain range were very similar - and my initial reaction to the apple painting was that the apples just seemed so large - not like in the flower works where you see the beauty of the structure of the flower - the apples just seemed exaggerated.
  • many of the patterns are far more complicated than anything I've considered for myself. As well, I was really able to see the detail she took in selecting edges in her crops.


Katherine said...

You're further ahead than me - well done for doing all the studies. I got lost in the middle of two value notan!

Rose Welty said...

Notan seems to be one of those wonderful concepts that seems simple at first and then gets surprisingly deep, interesting, and valuable.

And, Katherine, I'm never ahead of you! :-)