Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Draped Pear and a journal page

I am working in a new wonderful little journal that Lori made for me (just cause she is a sweetie pie friend) and she stitched it with a coptic stitch which she said she will teach me to do. YAY! I am trying to spend 15 minutes or less on the journal page but actually I get caught up in it and usually it takes longer but I'm not timing myself. This page has my very favorite painting, "The Girl with the Pearl Earring," by Johannes Vermeer

This painting I did is inspired by Hall Grote ll from Daily Painters and the exercise for me today was to paint draped cloth. Remind me to never do that again! Well, never say never but folds are hard to paint so I think for now maybe I will just avoid them. I do like to put my spin on the paintings with some stamps and punchanella in the background. It is very subtle. This one is my least favorite of all because the folds look a bit contrived and hokey but it was a good exercise and I learned alot---alot about what I don't want to paint!! This is on a 5 x 7 panel and again of course, I will not set these since it is an inspired piece from another artist.

12 comments:

Julie Bagamary said...

Wow Martha! How professional!

lillalotta said...

Beautiful Martha! You make me want to journal. I just wish wish wish I had the time to sit and paint and cut and glue and write... You are an inspiraton!

deborahspalette said...

Great Journal page, I need to learn how to do that. I looks so fun and inspirational, Many Blessing, Deborah

Bren said...

I'm enjoying the pages you are creating and watching as you experiment with your painting techniques. I love that you post and talk about the process and struggles, cause there are always struggle :-)

DJ said...

When painting lights and darks into forms, don't forget the sequence:
1.Light hue at the top of the mountain.(Not always white)
2.Mid-tone hue in the middle.
3.Dark hue at the bottom. (Not usually black; use another dark color to mix a dark tone)
Then blend, blend, blend, just like make-up... :-)

Janie Husband said...

Martha, I really like the way this piece looks...you must be enjoying your oils......

Mary said...

love, love this journal spread!!

Diane said...

Look at you, girl--you are such a creative person--I am so impressed!!

Nancy said...

It's sure fun looking over your shoulder, Martha! Lori gives nice gifts. (side note-By the way, the "Lori" link in your post has a typo of blot-spot rather than blogspot. Currently takes you to an offer to purchase the site name rather than to Lori's site.)

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

Love the journal Martha! You and Mary are really giving me the bug to want to try making my own journal.

DJ said...

Martha, if you lighten the dark folds in the drapery, you might see something special...You can do it! Blend, blend, blend...

Kathy McCreedy said...

Martha,
Your artwork and your lettering is delightful, charming, endearing, and wonderful! I found your site through Lori Vliegen's site (isn't her site wonderful?!?). Anyway, I really appreciate the hard work and effort you've put into your artwork and you blog, it's really lovely.

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