Monday, October 22, 2007

EDM 141 - Draw something with bristles


I had decided to do the paintbrushes, but I was a little apprehensive about painting metal. I had wanted to try all the crazy reflections and shapes that come with painting metal, so I looked really hard and tried to see the shapes within. I wasn't happy with it, but I had to leave it to go to lunch for a friend's birthday. When I came back it looked quite a bit better than I had thought when I left it. I think sometimes you can look so hard at something that you see only the parts and not the whole. I tried too hard to see the reflected shapes and ended up losing the brushes themselves. The lesson learned in this sketch is to find the balance between the detail and the object, and to not let the detail overwhelm the story.
"Solutions to problems often depend upon how they're defined."
Mary Catherine Bateson

13 comments:

shirley said...

Your reflections are great! Quite a challenge for me....

TaraLin said...

This is great! The metal came out fantastic :)

Serena said...

Fabulous job, Lynn, and I think the metal on the brushes looks great too! :)

Eva said...

Very pretty -- I really liked the envelopes too.

Christeen said...

You did a lovely job with your brushes. It didn't come out too over the top with details- it has a nice unity to it- really good study!

good with color said...

Your brushes are wonderful and if you were concerned about the metal, you sure overcame it. You've also used one of my favorite colors, so that makes me like this one even more!

gabi campanario said...

love it! good job!

vickylw said...

You did a wonderful job -- the metal especially looks metallic!
I have also noticed what you have --- paintings look better after you walk away for a while. We are much too self-critical with our work!

caseytoussaint said...

Nice work, the metal came out great.

Africantapestry said...

Great sketch...I love your brushes!
ronell

minda said...

thank you for sharing your lesson on this painting. you have indeed achieved perfect harmony here.

Roshanda said...

Your paintings are wonderful. I just love them!

phthaloblu said...

The reflections are wonderful! You did a great job. Very nicely done.