Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Still life in the Ancient Colors

Tea for Two or Block Party (can't decide on a name)
9 x 12 soft pastels on Art Spectrum Colourfix
Miki Willa
Hooray! My paper order from Dakota Art arrived. I even ordered some Wallis paper so I could do some more pastel and turpenoid underpaintings. I can't wait to open the box. It is like Christmas when our paper orders arrive. I will be so happy to get back to Washington state when I can just drive to the Dakota store if I am getting low.
When I first set up this still life on the dining room table, it was quite big. There was another teapot on top of the concrete block, a tea cup sitting on one of the openings, and a blue on white serving dish leaning against the block. Of course, I never got around to painting it, although I did make sketches. I took several photos, however. This morning, when I was looking for something I wanted to paint, I came across a photo of the setup. I started cropping and found something I liked. I am still playing with the four walls. I decided I needed to leave out the cup in the hole and he teapot on top of the block. I am quite happy with the results. (My husband made me write that, but I really am.) The reason the concrete block is that color is because it had been outside with our local red dirt. Red dirt dyed t-shirts are big business on Kaua'i.
I will be off-island (local term meaning I am going to another island or to the mainland) for the next week. I will be visiting family in Seattle, Washington. I am not sure how often I will be able to post, so plan on me being back on Friday, the 28th. For my Christian readers, have a joyous Easter.


Tom said...

Tea for Two, Red Dirt Block Party
Don't fret just leave out the or and some red. It is a creative expression, I bet even our friend Max would agree.
What four walls?
I like it a lot too. Excellent composition, use of color and focal area both main and supporting
I like what you paint, what a great variety if you cruise through your blog

Casey Klahn said...

Happy Easter, Miki.

Julie at Virtual Voyage said...

What a lovely composition! The red gives it such a cheerful feel.

Hope you have a really nice break, and happy Easter!