Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Battenburg Lace and Hydrangeas

Tea and Hydrangeas
colored pencil
18" x 18"

I finally finished this one up. After all those little petals, the battenburg lace was an absolute joy to draw. It's kind of funny, I guess, but I've been drawing still lifes with lace in them for 20 years now and this was the first time that I drew battenburg lace. It won't be the last. I've got a cedar chest full of laced edged scarfs in my studio and this is the only piece of battenburg lace that I own. Hmmm...guess I need to go ebay shopping!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Hydrangea Work In Progress

"Tea and Hydrangeas" - work in progress

I thought that I'd post a picture of my progress on the hydrangea drawing. I'm hoping to finish the flowers tomorrow and start in on the tea cup. I'm really looking forward to getting to the bottom half of the drawing - there's lots of battenburg lace down there. I'm looking forward to drawing the lace. It'll be a welcome change from those flower petals!

I was very pleased with how the silver bowl turned out. The bottom half of the bowl is reflecting the cloth. It should make more visual sense once the cloth is evident in the drawing. I just really enjoy drawing round things - guess that explains why 95% of my still life setups have fruit or round pieces of pottery in them.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Good News

"Red Pears at Play"
colored pencil

This is my first post in quite a while. We have successfully moved and are enjoying our new home. I am spending some time in the new studio, but have no new work to post just yet. I did hear from the Artist Magazine a week or so ago, that I was selected as a finalist in the still life category of their annual contest. One of my drawings from earlier this year (shown above) was my entry in the contest. Winners have already been selected and notified, but we'll have to wait for the December issue to learn who they are. Being a finalist means that my name will be listed in the December issue (no image of my work though). I also will receive (drum roll....) a frameable certificate! Being named is definitely better than being unnamed - I'll just literally have to go back to the drawing board and try for better next year.