Thursday, February 21, 2008

Small spaces - Artichokes

6 x 8 D. Rowney paper
Miki Willa
What a strange little painting, yes? Unfortunately, all the things I wanted to do worked out. They just didn't make the best painting. I wanted to use subtle colors so the flower would pop. I elected to do a very linear fence background to contrast with the curves and undiscliplined lines in the plants. The thing I didn't count on was how hard it is for me to paint artichoke plants. The flowers were okay, but the leaves were so elusive. I also didn't think about how depressing the background and fence colors might be. The really important thing is that I learned quite a bit from doing this painting, and that is what this journey is about.

1 comment:

Julie at Virtual Voyage said...

I like this very much - a touch of pure colour against neutrals is effective. I believe (in a broad sense) that all art is about learning from mistakes.