Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Change of Plans, Change of Pace

Study in Red, 6 in x 8 in colored pencil on paper

I had mentioned last week that I would be taking a break from blogging due to a family visit. Sadly, plans have had to change. I have a seriously ill family member and his needs must be seen to. The patient is the oil painter in the family. It's been many years since he has painted, but he is an incredibly talented painter and portraitist. It's due to him that I now own several American Artist magazines from the 1960s - they predate me!

So, this evening, without guests or hubby who is at a conference, I took advantage of the quiet and had a play around with CPs. I have been a little frustrated with CPs lately - actually more than a little frustrated. Tonight I just went for broke and tried to flesh out what's been in my mind for a while. It's a different handling of the medium for me - one I think I am much happier with. I used a hatching technique with the goal of being sketchy up close, more polished looking from farther away.


Kasie @ ~The Art of Life~ said...

I'm so sorry about your family member Rose!
Your still life looks good. It feels good to just free yourself to do the way that feels comfortable for you.

I think your pay-it-forward project is a wonderful idea. I think everyone is probably afraid to commit because of the busy-ness of the season. Don't be discouraged. I know that I would love to own a piece of your work. Maybe you could re-post the idea at the beginning of the year? :)

Rose Welty said...

Thanks Kasie for the encouragement! I really do appreciate it. I know it's a busy time of year for everyone - I said I probably wouldn't get it done before the new year, Jeanette said she wouldn't get it done before then either, and the artist she is doing it with also said it would be a while! So, the "due date" shouldn't hold anyone back. :D You have a good point though, I needed to post it now to make good on my commitment to Jeanette. But maybe I will try again in the new year - otherwise I'm going to have to be a little more creative!

Jo Castillo said...

Rose, nice still life. The hatching worked well.

Sorry about your family member.

Later, hugs,

Rose Welty said...

Thanks Jo.

Valerie Jones said...

Hi Rose!

The cross-hatching looks great! It makes the piece look loose and more free than your other CP's.

I also love the idea of the pay-it-forward project. I almost commented but then gave myself a pep talk about over-committing myself once again. It is a wonderful way of sharing your artwork with others and receiving someone elses work too. You all are such an inspiration to me!