Thursday, June 07, 2007

Georgia O'Keeffe Month

I've grown my first Ranunculus this year. Among the reds there was a single orange flower so I photographed it and have used it as my subject for a Georgia O'Keeffe inspired macro in dry watercolour pencil. I intend to try more of these studies as part of Georgia O'Keeffe Month which you can read about on Katherine Tyrrell's endlessly fascinating blog.


6" x 6.5" Watercolour Pencil on Bristol Board

Georgia O'Keeffe worked both in pastel and oil. This was meant to be a quick coloured pencil sketch for a painting. Of course, I got carried away. I'm thinking I may try the next in oil. I'll have to sleep on it.

14 comments:

Claudia said...

The drawing is very good and the idea to draw Georgia-O'Keeffe-like is perfect!!

Bonny said...

Robyn, this drawing is absolutely stunning! All those layers of yummy colour! I am just finishing a workshop with a local teacher on how to use coloured pencils.
Your work of art is truly inspiring. Lovely!

What kind of materials do you use? The name brands of pencils? I have been using the Faber-Castell Polychromos, which are quite buttery and soft. Haven't tried Bristol Board yet.

mARTa said...

Robyn O'Keeffe, this is wildly seductive...it oozes sensuality so with that said...you seem to have mastered Georgia! I love seeing her work and have been fortunate to go to the G.O'K museum in Santa Fe, new Mexico and we have lots of her work in so. california as well. So, with wc pencil but you didn't add water, or did you? really stiking!

Lin said...

WOWZA, Robyn!! GORGEOUS shape, shadings, values!! BRAVA! And your photos of Rome make me salivate to be with you are!!!

Katherine said...

Robyn - this is really stunning! Well done - you obviously respond very well to a bit of O'Keeffe stimulation.

Africantapestry said...

Tthis is exquisite Robyn. I actually lack the vocabulary to do it justice. The colors are just amazing and your composition is wonderful. Beautiful work!I always love visiting..
Ronell

caseytoussaint said...

This is breathtaking, Robyn!

Robyn said...

Claudia - Thank you. It was great to find your blog!

Bonny - You are too kind - but I love it :) I used mostly Caran D'Ache Prismalo Aquarelle (watersoluble) pencils. There's the odd Faber-Castell Aquarelle too. I think it is the Bristol Board that has really made this one work. I was worried it would be too smooth - but I loved it.

Marta - Bless you :) I might have Rome but you have original G O'K paintings to learn from. And no, I didn't add water. This is the best the watercolour pencils have performed - I've always felt handicapped by not having Prismacolor pencils.

Lin - You are such a treat! Thank you.

Katherine - Thank you - for your lovely comment and for leading the way!

Ronell - Coming from you, that is very nice indeed.

Casey - You are too generous too, but I love the 'breathtaking' word. It inspires me! :)

Anita said...

Robyn - this is FABULOUS! I am a huge O'Keefe fan so this is right up my alley! Love the colours!
You have made me totally homesick for Rome with the sketches and photo in the previous post! I love the elephant too - one of my favourite roman monuments. Oh to be sitting in Rome, sipping a glass of vino rosso!

Robyn said...

Anita - Thank you so much! I confess, I surprised myself with this one because my previous flower had been so disappointing.

Joan said...

Beautiful job on this!!! Georgia would be proud of you. When my husband and I were in Santa Fe we visited Georgia O'Keefe's studio and her museum. I loved it! You've got such great texture on the petals in this flower. Lovely!! Ciao!

Robyn said...

Joan - Thank you. Lucky you. I would love to visit G O'K's studio and museum!

Jana Bouc said...

Spectacular! Your sense of composition is really exquisite. This is really exceptional--a joy to see.

Robyn said...

Jana - Thank you! Composition is one of my major weaknesses - I'm working on it constantly now so I hope you can imagine my joy at your comment.

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