Friday, July 20, 2007

Barely outside


The light outside didn't seem too good today (too much sand blowing around) and the most dramatic shadows and nicest light were just outside my front door. My poor mangy palm tree! We transplanted it a few months ago and its only just beginning to recover, not that you can tell by looking at it! Still it is a refreshing dash of green in an otherwise drab and dusty world.
"Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams"
St. Augustine

“I see drawings and pictures in the poorest of huts and the dirtiest of corners.”
Vincent van Gogh

12 comments:

Sue Johnson said...

Anita, I think you are reallin "getting" Michael's pastel technique. Love the varity of tones in the walls.

Sue Johnson said...

Opps. Guess I wrote that comment a little too fast. Excuse the misspellings but the message does come through anyway.

Jeanette said...

I love this bit of colour in your world. And the technique is quite interesting. I must try it and see what I come up with.

Stacy said...

Another lovely pastel Anita! Is that the same palm tree that shows up in "On the Threshold"?

Mary said...

Anita, you are so good at getting the details like the casted shadow of the palm tree on the wall. You are doing so well with these!

The Epiphany Artist said...

Lovely Pastel and I love the quote!

Anita said...

Sue - thank you - twice!

Jeanette - even in the most monochrome of landscapes there seems to be colour if you look hard enough!

Stacy - yes it is - as you can see it didn't like being transplanted much. It is slowly coming back to life.

Mary - I'm enjoying working with pastel much more.

Terri - Thank you!

Lisa said...

Hi Anita, I just love these last few of yours. the style and shadows are wonderful. The palm tree looks like a fresh of breath air and give it a happy but lonely feeling. It must be a really bif difference living there in SA compared to Mexico....I remember my hubby maybe getting a transfer around there and I did not want to go. Must be something else to live and see.

Katherine said...

Do they not have cacti where you are? I've decided desert gardens are really rather interesting and am wondering whether it's feasible for you to import a few interesting shapes

In the meantime the limitation of subject matters seems to be doing great things in terms of working with colour.

Ia a change in the direction of the hatching about to emerge as well?

Robyn said...

So simple and so beautiful, Anita. I love the light, the colours, the style and the composition too. That's about everything isn't it? ;)

Billie Crain said...

this is a goody, Anita! the mood you've set is cool and serene. must be an oasis against the harsh reality around you.

Camplin said...

Once again, my visit finds great works. My congrads to your progress. I hope you will enter an MFA some day.

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