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Friday, June 17, 2011

Postcard to Katherine















This month's postcard was posted to Katherine Tyrrell of Making a Mark. Strangely, I didn't find anything on my walks that I liked more than this dried maple twig. I loved the shape and the subtle colours found in it's leaves.

Most of it was completed with watercolours and then touches of coloured pencil were added to emphasis the greens and yellows and add a little definition to the edges of the background. Then the whole thing was lightly splattered with the various colours (purples and greens) to give it a little more interest. In retrospect, I think I should not have copied one of the leaves so closely and changed it's shape but sometimes you don't see things until they are pointed out so I won't point them out here! I tried removing some of the shapes but the colour was staining so I added a couple instead.




















I was actually happier with this quick pencil sketch (of the Jet d'Eau) I put on the envelope. It was fun to do something with just a suggestion of detail and although it was from a photo of mine, I thought this quick technique could be applied to sketching en plein air.

9 comments:

Katherine Thomas said...

I want to learn that technique of suggesting detail, rather that trying to show every tiny little thing. I love the ethereal quality this sailboat painting has. I also love the leaves. They have that same imaginative, dream-like quality about them. Very nice work!

AnAis said...

Absolutely beautiful :)

Rita said...

Absolutely love the dried maple twig!! It is gorgeous! You really have me wondering now what it was you had to disguise. LOL!

The misty quality of the second one is such a contrast to the maple leaves. Dreamy and soft. Both of these are great! :)

The Idaho Beauty said...

That postcard is truly lovely. Lucky Katherine.

Felicity said...

Thanks Katherine. I like the word ethereal!

Thanks very much and welcome AnAis.

Thanks Rita. My lips are sealed except to say the shape wasn't really pleasing once on paper and just needed tweaking!

Thanks Sheila.

Happy Little Trees Studio said...

Beautiful!!!

Toyin O. said...

The sketches look great:)

Felicity said...

Thanks very much Kimberley and Toyin!

Carolina said...

Hi Felicity,
I like both paintings, but love the mapple twig... what can I say? I love the colors and movement and the background too...
Un abrazo,
Carolina