Saturday, October 18, 2008

Tea Tower

Interesting time this week trying to organise lighting. It seems to be the biggest test I find each time I set out to do some artwork. Artificial lighting drives me crazy - its either too blue, or too yellow and I end up sticking bits of translucent coloured plastic up between the light and the set-up to try and get something that remotely appeals to me. So I've decided to buy coloured bulbs, coloured cellophane and some good lamps in an attempt to cut down on wasted time sorting out lighting.
I had fun doing this drawing - the colours were wonderful reflecting off the pink fabric. I was amazed by how it went from cool blue pinks in the light to quite strong reds in the shadows. Finding the contrasting blues and greens on the cup shadows was an added bonus.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Sour Grapes

Its been way too long since I did any artwork. We have moved to Pakistan since last I wrote. My daughter got married and the bridesmaid dresses turned out beautifully - the bride looked amazing! Ok I am a little biased. And now we are almost settled into our new house though I am still waiting for most of my art materials. I do have my pastels here though and today I did this picture. Pleased to find that I can remember how to put pastel to paper - I was beginning to have my doubts. I'm planning to do a lot of work while we are here. Though security is incredibly tight there are going to be opportunities to do some plein aire work. The light is lovely in the morning and the trees here are amazing. Everything is very green which means I will have to conquer my fear of green or find a way to avoid it!

"When fate hands you lemons, make lemonade."
Dale Carnegie 1888 - 1955
all artwork is copyright of Anita Murphy 2006/2007/2008/2009