Monday, January 07, 2008

Second Chances

"Colourful Corvid" ACEO can be bid on here.
Copyright Rita Woodburne

Welcome back, dear reader, to the first full week of the New Year!

In the interest of getting myself organized for the year one of the things I like to do is go through all my old unframed work and burn it (very therapeutic, you should try it sometime) or if I happen to like it I'll keep it for another year. This year was a smidgen different.

I found this work that I had done, at best guess, either late 2005 or early 2006:

Copyright Rita Woodburne

I know later in 2005 I decided to stop dating my work when I signed it and I say that it might have been early 2006 because I know that in Winter I tend to get the urge to draw flowers. Call it wishful thinking for the season to come.

At the time I was quite pleased with my efforts. I was just starting to use coloured paper and a green support can be difficult to work on even for seasoned artists. I was also experimenting with images using forced perspective and seeing the other colours that make up white. All in all, my efforts with this piece were the time.

The other day when I found this piece I believe my first reaction was "Why the heck didn't I finish this?" So, realizing that I hadn't even sprayed the darn thing with fixative, I decided that what better time than now to finish it.

Before I post the finished piece I feel I should point out what the glaring ommissions were that prompted me to have a go at working on this one again. First was the value range in the piece, as in, it was totally lacking. Where are my shadows? Where are my bright highlights? I also wanted to do something more with the background, just to make it a bit more dynamic.

Here's what happened:

Untitled (and open to suggestions)
8x10- coloured pencil on Mi-Teintes
Copyright Rita Woodburne

I'm happy with it now. There were limitations to me taking this even further since I had already gone over the bg with an undecipherable colour which, in turn, left a waxy film over the paper. And, speaking of wax, because I hadn't sprayed it and it had been sitting in a drawer for some two-odd years there was some minor wax bloom that is a common problem with coloured pencil.

Other cp artists can perhaps get nostalgic with me for a moment. Working on this piece also made me wish that Prismacolour hadn't discontinued the "deco" series of colours as I realized that I had apparently used quite a bit of Deco Blue on this piece the first time around. Alas, love lost...

Anyhoo, that's how I spent my week-end. That and taking down the Christmas tree. I know, the excitement just never ends in the life of an artist. Back on Wednesday!


Meg Lyman said...

Awesome colors in the crow! I really like the blues.

The flowers have really improved. Excellent depth. My only suggestion is to avoid touching the point of the petal to the left edge - it's drawing my eye a lot. The glow in the background really looks awesome!

Rita said...

Thanks Meg! I did the crow as an off thing, but I actually quite enjoyed doing him so you'll probably see more birds from me (in ACEO form at least).

Yeah, the petal placement isn't my fav thing either. I can see a few petals that should have been "trimmed" :D
I have some more daisy ref pics I may work on and I'll be sure to watch my composition.