I don’t seem to be able to move on from this one!! This time, I decided to use a coloured ground to see if I could make the flowers in the vase more loose but without the outline effect of part 2.
I am much more happy with the flowers in the vase, I like the combination of tone and line to produce their loose form. The stems are not as good, possibly because they were more shaded than previously. I am much happier with my depiction of the vase too this time – much more simple then before even if the proportions are not quite right. I did this in slightly different lighting conditions that the previous 2, with overhead lights on. This caused the cast shadows to be more prominent than previously. I didn’t manage to capture the vase shadow how I wanted it, I think the dark area looks overworked. However overall I am very pleased, I feel as if I have progressed with this exercise and learnt a lot about the depiction of colour and tone on different coloured grounds. it was definitely easier to draw the bright sweet peas using highlights when drawing on the coloured surface. I think that if you view all three together you can see progress from left to right.
That’s it! I have to move on now, the heads of the flowers are dying fast, and the red ones all fell off when I lifted it to put back in the vase! Next time I will try not to be so impatient and finish the exercise before starting to post on-line!!