Friday, February 27, 2009

February VSD Entries


Lake Louise, Canada

colored pencil on card,

8in x 4in

Above you see my entry for the February VSD. This was my third go around (becoming a bit of a habit for me when doing the VSD!)

Below you see my two “studies”.


acrylic on gessobord, 5 in x 7 in

When I was painting this I grew so disgusted that it wasn’t matching what was in my head I just stopped – a fairly unusual occurrence for me. Looking at it now, it’s not as bad as I feared, it’s just in an ugly stage, needs some work – not sure if I dare to pick it up again or not!

markers on card, 4 in x 8 in

After I abandoned the painting I left the project for a few days. When I picked it up again and looked at the reference photo I suddenly saw a vision of the thing in pen and ink. I decided I wasn’t up to the detail that I saw in my head, so I picked up my markers for value studies and just had a scribble. It was satisfying enough that it lead me to see the reference in all blue – which is what you see above in the CP version.


Ann said...

Well I like all three of them, Rose!
Each has it's own unique visual message and it amazes me how well you can do that - getting more than one interpretation from a single image!

MILLY said...

Three interesting pictures, it is good to see the different versions.
I was tempted to go for pencil and stay safe. Now I have done it, glad I chose colour, and achieved a first for me, a painted landscape.

Jennifer Rose said...

very nice calm and cool looking piece :)

Jeanette said...

All have merit but I like your final choice. Its quite serene and you've captured the feel of the mountains well.

Jo Castillo said...

Rose, great images. You captured the lake and mountains with three separate and descriptive pieces. Nice work. I like them all.

Robyn said...

You've made a very thorough study of the reference, Rose and I think all three approaches work well. Don't give up on the acrylic, I think it's got a lot going for it already.

WOW - have you redesigned your blog? I've just noticed how swish it looks. I'd love to be able to put buttons like yours along the top of mine. I didn't even know one could do that on Blogger. Probably take me months to work out how though. Brava!

Rose Welty said...

Ann, was really more like two false starts and a "I'm going to finish this".

Milly, I do think that challenging yourself as an artist is incredibly valuable - one of the really good things about the VSD.

Jennifer, I never intended it to be as "cool" as it is, oh well!

Cheers Jeanette.

Jo, I think I'll leave the landscapes to you, they are much harder than you'd think!

Ramana KV said...

All your takes on the reference are beautiful.. I like the format you chose for the first one.. The one in pen and ink stands out among all..

Gail said...

Would love to see that first one finished..from the color choices it would have been my fave..that said I love your other two as well especially the dimensions used for your final submission. I got to break out of my 4x6, 9x12 comfort zone.

Debbie said...

It is amazing to me that you can come up with three different versions that are so uniquely different from each other, I love your final version as I stated on Flickr but the first one that you did not like at first...I love it!

Stacy said...

Rose, I like each of your three versions. I am surprised by how much the change of color schemes changes the look of the whole scene. As always your marks are superb.

Belinda Lindhardt said...

Really great Rose :)

vfm4 said...

i think all three are great, but the black and white is my favorite!:-)