Friday, July 25, 2008

Virtual Sketch Date July

Well, I decided to try something different this month for the Virtual Sketch Date. I have spent the past few days looking at it and have decided that I really don't like the result at all.

Recently my wife and I have spent time helping my parents shop for furniture. The furniture stores all have impressionistic artwork at exorbitant prices. Since i recently started using pastels a bit I thought I would try to replicate the styles that I was seeing in the shops. Well, I can't say that I am much of an impressionistic artist.

Here it is, turned this way it sort of looks like it might be 3 sunquats. Turn it upside down and it might be 3 orange balloons. I don't think I will be doing much more in the lines of impressionism for a quite a while.


15 comments:

"JeanneG" said...

I really like the colors you got in the fruit. And you got to try something new.

Jeanette said...

Don't be hard on yourself Michael. We all do things that we're not 100% satisfied with.

However, I think its got real impact. The colours are stunning and really draw in viewer's eye into the fruit.

leslie said...

I like your pastel!
I think you could create the 'contemporary' flavor playing around at cropping it in different ways.

It miffs me, too, to see what is offered for sale as art in furniture stores :) I totally sympathize.

kay susan said...

Michael, if you don't try you'll never know! and I think you should persevere - you got nice colours in the fruit and lovely shading in the background.

Rose Welty said...

Bravo for trying a new style...that is a very challenging thing to do. I, too like "looser" work but just can't seem to make it work!

The fruit seemed to be challenge for many...mine ended up more like clementines than sunquats...perhaps because the fruit was so perfectly shaped? Don't know.

And all that said, this piece does have something to say, you did well.

Paulette said...

Hi Michael,
I think it works well, it is just a matter of whether or not you like that style. Kudos for trying something new!

Sydney Harper said...

I think it's great that you experimented. I love the colors in it. Every time I try something new it seems to change the way I do art in some tiny way, even if I don't like the end result.

Stacy said...

Michael, kudos to you for trying something new! It is so easy to stay in our comfort zone, but we only really learn when we step out of it. And the virtual sketch date is the perfect place to experiment. I think you got nice form and color on the fruit.

MaryAnn Cleary said...

What fun to try something new! I like the colors and what you did with the technique. It works.

Quilt Knit said...

Michael, I have studied your piece the most today. When I had the chance. Your piece is like Mark Rothko paintings only with the essence included. Well, done.

Sherrie Roberts

Michael said...

Sherrie - Thank you. The style of Mark Rothko is actually what I was going for, only with my own personality. I will likely do more along these lines at some point. I just need to spend some more time meditating on what I didn't like about this one and fixing it for the next. :)

Thanks to everyone for your feedback. As you all know, it is often difficult to see the good things in your own work. It is the things that you don't like that stand out the most. It helps when others can point out the things that are actually good. It helps for future improvement.

shicat said...

Hi Michael, I like your interpretation of the quats,could be titled space quats or quaaats in sppppace! All of your other drawings are beautiful. Junes virtual sketch etc. I love the tutorial on sketching hair.

laura said...

The color harmonies are really wonderful, subtle. And I find the image rather intriguing, it's restful, meditative ... And a unique interpretation!

Dougie said...

Hi Michael,

I really like the use of the dark colors. It lends such a different feel to the fruit. I'm particularly fond of the dark areas around the fruit. They make them stand out extremely well.

Nice job.

Quilt Knit said...

Well! I am floored to Canvas of smooth paint. I have had the pleasure to see some Mark Rothko. Your piece just screams Rothko! However, in you style. Continue your study of the Master.
You will find the Good ones along the way.
Always good to grow and explore.

Sherrie Roberts

been hard at "work at home" It has not been all peaches and cream. Though I have said so! I finally have the DSL and phone line working so I do not loose the internet. Plus, I have stepped on some Toes.