Friday, September 26, 2008

Virtual Sketch Date September

This month's reference photo for Virtual Sketch Date was provided by Sharon.
As soon as I saw it I wanted to take part but knew I'd have trouble with it!


(Click on photo for bigger image)

I did this in Polychromos and Koh-i-noor Polycolour pencils on cartridge paper. It was HARD. At first sight, it's a beautiful photograph of a flower in a vase of water. But when I looked more closely - reflected in that vase of water are windows with drapes and what looks very much like a seascape outside! Quite a challenge Sharon!

I found if very difficult to get the colours as deep as I wanted in the background and the dark relection in the vase. There was a lot of colouring in!

Then while out shopping I picked up this month's Leisure Painter magazine, with an article on 'gadgets' for coloured pencil work by Bob Eldon of the UK Coloured Pencil Society. (Last month Bob did an article about experimenting with different and unusual kinds of paper - haven't tried these yet!). Yesterday I went to our local art shop and bought blending pencils and burnishing pencils to help even out and deepen the colour. I also bought a battery operated eraser. So I'll be wielding these new tools for the next VSD. Thanks Bob for the tips!

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27 Comments:

At 11:00 PM, Blogger Melissa Muirhead said...

That's really lovely Kay - so soft and I love the petals carrying outside of the cropped sides. I'm looking forward to seeing all the versions of this one this month.

 
At 2:42 PM, Blogger Marion said...

I am just along the coast in Dorset. I too used coloured pencils. I agree with you about the difficulty. But, you have done a really good job.

 
At 2:56 PM, Blogger Kari Gibson said...

Hey, fabulous composition. I love the way you have petals going off the edges. I am full of admiration for coloured pencil artists, it takes such a lot of patience, but the results are worth it. You have done beautifully!

 
At 4:24 PM, Blogger Jan Pope said...

I like your version. I'm going to be trying the full color version in pastels. This was such a lovely picture.

 
At 5:15 PM, Blogger Leslie said...

This was a deceptively difficult subject, wasn't it?
I kept on seeing more and more in the photo as I drew.

I really am partial to the way you have the subject escaping the borders of the background.
Nice, Kay Susan!

 
At 5:42 PM, Blogger laura said...

Beautiful, Kay. I love your petals; you've described the edges so intricately. Nice job on the vase too!

 
At 6:21 PM, Blogger shicat said...

Really lovely all the details, I don't see any trouble no way.

 
At 9:22 PM, Blogger Stacy said...

You may have found this month's reference difficult, but it certainly doesn't show in your beautiful results!! I too like how you stopped the background before the edge of the petals.

 
At 4:22 AM, Blogger Regina Calton Burchett said...

Really nice pencil sketch and I love your layout! This looks great!

 
At 4:28 AM, Blogger "JeanneG" said...

Very good job. You got the petals to look so pretty. I had trouble with the petals.

 
At 7:54 AM, Blogger Andy said...

I really like your composition, it solved the issue of that very dark background being so dominating. I had trouble with the vase but yours is great, it all works really well.

 
At 10:42 AM, Blogger Cathy Gatland said...

Beautiful work - the petals are so sculptured and 3 dimensional and the colours soft and lovely. I also admire coloured pencillers...such patience!

 
At 11:18 AM, Blogger Jeanette said...

Gorgeous piece. You've made it come alive on the paper. I must get back to CP again, this inspires me.

 
At 1:56 PM, Blogger Jennifer Rose said...

I really like how you have the flower escaping from the background. Lots of colour and a great shine to the little vase :)

 
At 3:30 PM, Blogger Ann said...

I love the composition and the way you framed the image. This was a difficult ref but you succeeded with a terrific piece!

 
At 4:01 PM, Blogger Rose Welty said...

Kay Susan,

As everyone has said, the composition is fabulous - you've really brought the petals as the focus. As well, the glass bowl is fabulous! The reflections are done so well!

 
At 5:41 PM, Blogger Jo Castillo said...

Kay Susan, this is lovely. I like the framing and vase as well, the petals are very soft looking.

 
At 8:06 PM, Blogger BMoon said...

Beautiful rendering, soft, rich, and v inviting. I so admire colored pencil, just can't seem to make myself work "dry." But you inspire!

 
At 8:25 PM, Blogger Sharon said...

Soft and lovely and the reflection of the table in the vase turned out wonderful.

 
At 9:50 PM, Blogger Gail said...

I really like this one Kay. When I click on the larger image I can see all your hard work in the petal detail. The color is soft yet intense enough to yield an excellent composition. You'll have to let us know about this battery operated eraser, sounds interesting.

 
At 10:24 PM, Blogger Deborah said...

I love the details in your petals.

 
At 12:02 PM, Blogger Paulette said...

Beautiful, detailed work.
Love how you handled the background!

 
At 5:38 PM, Blogger Kellie Hill said...

Beautiful... the flower feels so delicate, and the way you used color, making sure all of the colors spread across the whole composition, really feels nice.

 
At 11:55 PM, Blogger MaryAnn Cleary said...

What a lovely painting! I really like how you handled the flower with the composition.

 
At 7:13 AM, Blogger Diane said...

Yes! Let me join the chorus about the great decision on the composition. Really impressive, can tell there was a lot of good observation and skill in this one!

 
At 11:22 PM, Blogger Quilt Knit said...

Hi! Susan: This is just wonderful! It just really inspires me.

Sherrie Roberts

 
At 8:11 AM, Blogger Marie-Dom said...

Oh this is breathtakingly beautiful. You have such a touch with those CPs!!! I'm so glad I have discovered your blog!

 

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