Work in progress: still life abstracted
Work in progress
This one is a development in a series I was working on - the original arrangement was very traditional, set up by a friend. The colours appealed to me but not the arrangement, so I decided to play with the shapes and invent some patterns.
The colours are terribly difficult to show as the coppery rose colours don't come out well - the vase and some of the leaf patterns are a really coppery rose colour and not as brown as they appear here. There is also a lot more variation in the blues as they slide from greeny to puplish. The coppery/rosy colours play beautifully against the turquoises and blues but it isn't picked up well by the camera :>(
I moved objects around, played with pattern - leaf patterns on vases or material blurring into real leaves, the difference between reality and pattern blurred.
It's one I can work on in quiet moments in the evening, when the TV isn't exactly absorbing. It's in an A4 moleskine, which means I can draw back into the coloured pencil easily with an electric eraser, creating pale lines back into colours.
As I have no idea of the final version, it's a matter of pushing/pulling the lights and darks and colours as I go, balancing, bringing out, making colours sing against each other - until I can't push it any more.
'Some, a little and a lot' - basic thoughts on colours in a painting by I-forget-who - so a lot of blue, a little of the coppery rose and some yellow is what I have going on and am balancing.
There isn't a huge contrast in tone at the moment and to an extent won't be in the finished work - I think - and so I have to decide where to push darks, where to have edges lost even more, where to echo a tiny flash more yellow, where to crop the final piece ..........
The original objects were blues but earlier I'd played with complementary colours as well see here:
Click on the image above to see another in the series that plays with complementary colours - the original vase was a vivid turquoise.
Click here to see other still life stuff and more in this series of experiments - I'm doing a show with friends based around still life and wanted to take my own angle on the subject.