Wednesday, June 11, 2008

"Sunshine" --- SOLD




This is a cosmos from my garden, but what I really liked was the glass vase from this angle, and the little splotch of light in the shadow. When I'm doing a vase like this, or anything elliptical, I measure. Because my brain likes to play tricks on me, so for instance I measured, with my brush and thumb, the distance from the bottom of the vase to the bottom rim of the opening. Then I compared that to the distance from the bottom of the rim to the top of it. It's actually a fairly equal distance, but my brain was saying "THAT CAN'T BE!" So I ignored my brain, as I do often, and put down what I saw and not what I thought I saw.

4 comments:

Cooper Dragonette said...

Great view point Carol. The vase is wonderful!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

These little paintings of yours have SO much energy they just jump out at the viewer.
That's a concise description of measuring. Since I began to use this tool faithfully when composing my work, my drawing isn't running off the sides of the board :D
Whadaya Know!

Pat Meyer said...

Thank you for the quick lesson on measuring. Reminders and other artist points of view always help keep us in line.

Paula Villanova said...

Thanks for sharing your method for measuring. You're absolutely right, it does make a difference. This is a lovely painting.