Friday, 9 November 2012

Still life


Well it's hardly radical, but I have actually created a painting that doesn't involve faces!

I went at this without much planning, just loosely copying from a beautiful photograph in a book. It all stems from my 'letting go' phase. I just wanted to draw, so I did. I couldn't be doing with the hassle of making sure my ellipses were elliptically correct (or even spelt right!). I needed to see the colour run across the paper and so it did.

It's all Inktense pencils - lots of layers of dry then wet then dry then you get the idea.

I really love how this turned out, it's got an interesting energy to it. However, as soon as I tried to do another I found myself slipping back to the more structured approach and it lost all the fun.

I think sometimes I forget why I paint. Of course, it's lovely to end up with some wonderful artwork that might one day grace a wall in a fancy frame - even better if someone pays for the privilege, but really it's as much about the process of getting there as the end result. It should be fun and never a chore!

Right I'm off, busy day, must dash...

Sharing with the folk at Paint Party Friday and Art Every Day Month


26 comments:

  1. A beautiful still life. I like the way the apples echo the colours in the flowers and vase on the left - lovely balance.
    You and Inktense were a couple meant by fate to be together!

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  2. The fun and freedom in this piece shows! Love the sketchiness of the pencils! Happy PPF!

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  3. Wow! Lovely ~ and process is so important as you write ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

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  4. Hi Lisa, this is beautiful, love the soft colours and those apples look yum... :)

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  5. There is a beautiful spontanious energy to this painting. Art is fun and sometimes we lose that concept and get caught up in structure. I think by regrouping into a "letting go" phase, that we can find our way back to fresh and fun. Lovely work. Of course, I love all of your work. Paint on! Happy PPF

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  6. Just beautiful still life. Can't believe you achieved that with the pencils. Happy PPF!

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  7. beautiful painting! I also like your faces on bookpages very well... GORGEOUS ART!

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  8. I really like this - I don't think I've seen a still life of yours before and it's lovely (and your ellipses look perfectly elliptical to me!)

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  9. It looks sweet with all the soft colors, beautiful. And I hear you, about the faces... hehehe it's unusual not to do them :o)

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  10. It's lovely! I'm working on letting go too. I never thought I'd have to learn how to make mistakes with my ar, to play, instead of working so hard to make everything better!

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  11. wow- this is so soft and beautiful-lovely coloring and shading! Happy PPF!

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  12. It looks wonderful! All the layers sure gives it an extra depth. :)

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  13. Hello there, great to come upon you here and see this lovely delicate piece of yours, it has such lovely touches of color, happy PPF to you!

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  14. this does have an awesome energy... and it is full of great colour and lines... nice to see a different piece... this letting go thing is working a treat...xx

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  15. I am so happy to see you relaxing more...I think you have allowed a new side of yourself to blossom just by slowing down...I liked you flowers in a previous post...especially the one you called a doodle...it is vibrant and happy, I love it! ♥♥♥

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  16. Wow this is so wonderful! I know exactly what you mean about trying something new. I can't stop painting faces but looking at this new piece of yours it makes me want to step outside my comfort zone even more! I love it! So much wonderful energy, love the tones, the technique you used, love love love! Well done:0)

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  17. Beautiful still life, great talents. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  18. Gorgeous still-life!
    Such lovely mark-making!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  19. very soft, lovely a joy to gaze on!!!

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  20. Such a beautiful still-life, Lisa! It has a lovely gentleness about it.

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  21. I like the loose feel to this. One can see that this was made without much thought but with much pleasure. Lovely work!

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  22. I find this stunning! It's soft, yet really alive! Love it!

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  23. I like this a lot! It belongs on a wall above a lovely little writing table with an inkwell and a fountain pen waiting for someone to come along and write a thoughtful letter.

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  24. Love your still life, beautiful colors and composition! Wonderful soft brush work!

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  25. This is great Lisa! Love the soft colors and looseness of it!
    Happy PPF! (very late lol)

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