Project 4 Exercise 2 Still life in tone using colour PART 3

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.

Still life with sweet peas in pastel third attempt
Still life with sweet peas in pastel third attempt

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!!

Project 4 Exercise 2 Still life in tone using colour PART 3

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