Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Red Paper

I haven't posted for quite a while - suffering with daily headaches has dammed my artistic flow somewhat.

I fell in love with some pastels that Michael Newberry did on red paper and as I had some in store its been kind of lurking out there that I might play with this a little. This is my first attempt. It was really hard to think of red as being my darkest colour when the objects I was using had no red in them at all. Definitely a new way of thinking. I really liked the way this came together and the abstract forms in the composition.


Robyn said...

Oh yes, beautiful! It has a contemporary feel and an oriental feel. I really like the composition too. The eye keeps moving around discovering new positive and negative shapes.

I do hope those headaches back off soon, Anita. I don't suppose it could be a Spring allergy could it?

Lovely to have you posting again. Now I must try and track down Michael's red paper works.

Jeanette said...

I saw those pastels that Michael did and am pleased you've done one too. Its fabulous. I really like it a lot.

That colour is so striking. This is a winner.

I hope the headaches go away. There's nothing worse is there? Sometimes some ginger tea helps.

Billie Crain said...

Love the red, Anita! Red is such a dramatic color. Now that I think about it, it's been ages since I've done anything in red. You've got me thinking now.

Mary said...

I love this Anita, and am always impressed at the perfection in your ellipses and your impeccable hatching.

vivien said...

I agree, very striking and very modern and minimalist. It's really effective and beautifully done.

Teresa Mallen said...

Hi Anita. I am very sorry to hear of your headaches. I agree with everyone else, this is a super piece - lovely composition, very effective execution and the red is beautiful. Best wishes for some headache free days ahead!

Stacy said...

Anita, I love your "play" with the red paper. It took a second for my mind to wrap around it, but now I am amazed at how well it works. The depth in that bowl is great! I hope you are feeling better soon so you can come out and play more often. :)

Lisa Lorenz said...

HI Anita, Love that red, and I love too how it came together. Never have seen this way before. Its really striking. Poor you with the headaches..hope you are feeling better. xoxo Lisa

Anita said...

Robyn - thank you - feel the same way about the contemporary feel. I have orange and purple paper waiting to have a go.

Jeanette - Michael's pastels are always amazing. If I ever get any where near his caliber I will be happy.

Billie - would love to see you work on red.

Mary - it took me a long time to get used to ellipses.

Vivien - I've been struggling to get my work more minimalistic. Teaching yourself to stop before it gets too detailed is hard when you are used to putting in every little nuance.

Teresa - thank you. I was very happy with the abstract quality of the composition and am thinking of developing that more.

Stacy - it was fun just doing something for fun and trying not to take myself too seriously. Plan on doing it a lot more.

Lisa - thank you!

Anonymous said...

Great pastel Anita. Interesting play of shapes. My last one just bit my backside...having another go at it. Never can take this too seriously, it seems to show in the outcome.

simoart said...

I love this red piece, great shapes and red is beautiful.Keep up the good work. I hope your headache goes away. Adriana

Annie said...

I hope your headaches get better soon x

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