Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Still Life with Chair


Watercolour & mixed media 26x28cm

Trust me, this is not going to be a series. Too much of the wrong sort of colour and I feel like I did when I ate too much fairy floss (cotton candy). I'm not sure why I'm posting this, maybe it's so I can put it behind me and move on.


Version II with background wash

I've killed it with the background wash. Indigo wasn't a great choice for the wash.
Definitely moving on now!

10 comments:

laureline said...

I have a feeling your friend is going to be lucky to get her gloves back at all, much less without paints stains and orange oil splots on them! Very dynamic and nice composition, Miss R---my eye, though, wants the chair and near side of the desk to have a wash of blue or something to recess them more in space. Right now they're so light in value relative to the foreground, that they pop forward. But, gosh, no one could accuse you of taking the easy way out, artwise! Yay, you!

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Oh you lucky Robyn to live in Italy and Tuscany at that - what a wonderful decision you made with HWEM. Love to hear your voice now with the Aussie accent behind the rolling Italian language. Love the vibrancy and strength of your work and as for the graphite portrait of HWEM amazing. All those visits to museums and that architecture and countryside - what amazing subjects you have at your fingertips. Shall keep your blog as one of my favourites to have the pleasure to peep at regularly.

africantapestry said...

I ask myself that very same question many times...why do I post something that I clearly think is not "a success"? But then again, this isn't an exhibition, there is no first prize and there is no jury. And there is something to learn from everything that is posted. Something that I love in this painting, is the softness and ligthness of those curtains. To me it seems they have just come to rest after beng kissed by slight movement...either someone passing by or a breeze or just natural movement because of the softness of the fabric...
Ronell

bleeding espresso said...

I want to wrap myself in those curtains, so lovely.

Joan said...

This has super color in parts of it.Like Africantapestry I'm drawn to that lovely sheer curtain that looks like it's moving in the breeze. Then I also love the blue bag and the colored gloves.

Casey Klahn said...

It is a striking composition. Subject matter interest is strong. Colors attractive and interesting. I have a feeling you will return to this until you are pleased.

As for me, I went, "Aaahhh," when I saw it! That's good, BTW.

mARTa said...

I have never heard cotton candy called fairy floss...you can bet I'm going to start calling it that and amaze little ones with such wonder! LOL. ok, first impression: not sure why but this reminds me of a Vermeer. I expect some 14th century dutch girl to wander into the room and try on those gloves! I also love the curtain and my eye just wants to go up and down; the layers of fabric, the lines of the gloves fingers...wow...I agree with Laura about the desk and chair and also the white wall/door behind the chair...I want to darken it a bit. Thank you for postingit because even though you aren't jazzed about it; it is really a very good composition and tells a story!

Robyn said...

Laura - I really appreciate your advice. :) I added the wash but again made a poor choice of colour and, as you will see, the background has lost its life. Anyway it's been a really interesting learning experience and, as I said in my email, your additional advice (not posted here) has really inspired me and filled me with a new energy! Thank you!

Joan - Thank you. I will look forward to your visits. I love your flower paintings.

Ronell - Bless you. You've made me feel I've done something poetic.

Sognatrice - Thank you. That's lovely.

Joan & Marta - Many thanks.

Casey - You are in danger of getting a hug! ;)

bec said...

Thanks for posting this Robyn! I always learn so much from visiting your blog. I think it's a beautiful painting. I especially love the reflective quality of the table top and the floor.

Robyn said...

Bec - Thank you. If I can teach you anything it is only because of all the other wonderful, generous art bloggers who've taught me almost all I know. And continue to do so.

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