27 August 2007

learning curves...

I've been practicing - trying to figure out how light touches things...like, for instance, leaves. How even on cloudy day, the shape of a leaf can change as sun the moves higher in the sky...

16 comments:

Laurie said...

Truly lovely.

Anonymous said...

OH that sounds and looks more relaxing than bird stalking!

isay said...

beautiful!

Michael Racicot said...

A fine piece. Nice use of light.

ValGalArt said...

you got the light just right! beautiful!!!

kol said...

I used to teach a class I called "Drawing for the Terrified; Absolute Beginners"

We used 8 chalk pastels, the primary and secondary colours, plus black and white. The basic lesson was just learning how to see. Almost everyone has enough hand-eye coordination to learn how to draw and paint, it's taking the time to see, break down, and then bring together again what you are drawing and painting that is the barrier for most people.

I used to start them drawing bunches of radishes, and ask them to make the radishes the size of their head... for years I'd run into students who'd tell me that they had gone on to art school, or were still painting, and how those radishes were often some of the favourite work they had done.

Light and dark is everything.

And, lovely little painting, by the way--don't think I've told you before, but I enjoy your work.

fat B said...

The flower on the left looks like a little bird. Very sweet illustraton.

Archaeopteryx said...

I agree with fat b--but I always see birds everywhere I look.

This work is lovely and green--my breath caught a little when I saw it.

Mick said...

"What you have here, Normy, is the juxtaposition of chaotic fractals, geometric curvilinear convexness and a billion microscopic pores, protuberances and prismatic shade shifters that goof around with the light." - Cliff Clavin

Forever Young said...

terrific illo.
wish i could join kol's drawing class.

dinahmow said...

Mmmm...it has a certaiin lusciousness

The OE said...

Secret agents like the light, but we know how to use the dark if need be

tsduff said...

The way you create art, with birds and plants just amazes me. I enjoy it so much. *spoken with a wee bit of envy ... I've wished to be an artist*

TenaciousK said...

Beautiful, catnapping. Thanks for posting it.

bookbabie said...

Nice post and a neat piece, very Zen-like:-)

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Gorgeous! Even th distant mountains seem to change as the light goes from sunrise to sunset.