Saturday, July 2, 2011

Adding a Background

I've decided to add a simple landscape background to my tulip still life but leave the surface they are sitting on white because of the beautiful shadows from the vase. As I mentioned in the last post, I'm using Rtistx board and I found that in order to keep the foreground white I covered it with clear contact paper. The contact paper is taking a bit of the color off the vase and leaves but keeps my surface from picking up pencil crumbs and smudges. I will add more color to the vase once I take off the contact paper.

For now, I am on the clouds, the greens of the landscape and the horizon line. I want to keep them simple in order not to become too overpowering and compete with the delicate tulips.

Summer is always a fun time of year. Our New England season is so short so we want to enjoy the good weather, boating and time with family as long as we can. Unfortunately, its not a productive time for my artwork! After I finish the tulips, I will most likely work on a few smaller pieces that will be easier to work on in shorter periods of time. Happy summer everyone and thank you for reading my blog!


Katherine Thomas said...

I love your idea of placing the vase outdoors! It's wonderful! Contact paper is a great idea. I have been buying special masking film, which comes in smallish sheets and costs way too much. I don't know why I didnt think of contact paper! Thanks! Your work is so good, I admire how you apply the pencils so evenly throughout, I know how hard that is!

Teresa Mallen CPSA said...

Enjoying watching this background unfold. Happy summer to you too! Most people seem to back off from studio time as well as blogging in the summer (this from someone who took a long blog break herself) so go off and and have a wonderful time. We shall be here when you are ready to post.

Jenn Falcon said...

I have to admit, I was a little worried on your previous post when you said you were going to add a background, but it came out great!

Kendra said...

Jen, I was a little worried too and hoped I wasn't going to ruin the piece!

Thanks for the comments Katherine and Teresa! It is sometimes difficult to apply the pencils evenly on the Rtistx because it is rather textured.

Shelley Whiting said...

I love these flowers. They're very dreamlike and beautiful. Great work.