Out of my comfort zone!

I hope you enjoy keeping up with my work in progress. I am very passionate about my newfound talent and look forward to sharing my work with you! - Jennifer



Sketching and stretching out of my comfort zone


I have loved this little bouquet of flowers. I have had them forever and I love the bent up leaves, layers of dust, and all!


I did, however, find it quite challenging to sketch. When using a reference photo I can see where my element sits in relation to the borders or framework. I can tell if this leaf is half-way down the page on the left and 3" inside of the margin. But when sketching from still life, those hard guidelines are not there to give a framework in which to follow, and thus it presents quite a challenge.



I suppose I could take a picture of the vase of flowers and work from the image, but that defeats the purpose. I want to grow my skills set when possible instead of staying in my comfort zone. for instance, I would love to go to the park on a nice day and sketch a scene as I see it rather than taking the photo and using that as the reference. I think that it will help me to "remain in the moment."

I started out repurposing an old canvas that had something on it I didn't like, so after I completed my initial sketch (as best as I could), I began painting layers to the background. I had learned that opposite colors on the color wheel (complimentary) make for a great contrast. So that is how I came up with the blue background which is opposite of the orangish pink I have in the flowers.


I like the way the vase has turned out so far. And as I add more contrast and detail to the leaves I can see it come together.


I think I need to straighten up the edge of the table the vase is sitting on and then work at blending out the background some more, and of course getting into the details of the flowers. I haven't been successful at painting flowers so I have been adding many layers of colors in the attempt at getting it "right", which I have found to be very subjective.


I will keep you posted on further developments!



Update: Oak Mountain State Park Commission


This is commission piece I have been working on for my husband. I think it has come a long way since it's first rendition. I am working on getting the path right. I think that I may need to add texture to it with the modeling paste, or maybe add grains of sand.


I found an image on Pinterest that had this log, rocks with trickling water. I really wanted to add it to my painting.

Also, the leaves close up on the ground I think should be more realistic looking. So I am working on adding the green grass underneath the leaves and then adding a few blades of grass poking up through the leaves. I have added the rocks and a ravine. I need to add a bit more detail to the rocks in front. I know I still have a lot more to do on this project, but it has truly been my focus this past week. I continue to amaze myself!


I am consulting with my husband just about every step of the way to make sure I keep on track. He has great ideas too! To read the full story click here.


Left: First rendition. Right: As it appears on my easel today.



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