What a week! I worked hard, hard. Had highs and lows , a brief teary moment then great happiness when I put together this final plate which was my fifth design:
You'll see what I mean! I ended up with a plate design I loved after a detour away from water-colour to acrylic on wood, which is lovely to paint on. I actually was very happy working on this pale delicate plate with its winter palette and think that it does work but it's not a plate that jumps off the shelf at you, or necessarily one that could be produced faithfully either!?
I needed to do this acrylic work because after hours of painting separate water colours I looked at the pieces and felt flummoxed. Many were delicate little studies which I couldn't envisage sitting well together. Once I'd finished my detour and had a sleep I woke early, made a cup of tea and sat playing with purpose on my computer, manipulating scans. It wasn't quite there... I ended up with these:
The one on the left is my favourite and last of my fiddling before going to my summer-house to paint some more. To me it's the most quirky and striking but not there yet - quite, but I think I will revisit it, I can see things I'd like to do to it. The amalgamation on the far right looks like swimsuit or skirt fabric! I like it but to me it says fabric not plate. I like the sparseness of the one in the middle but it probably needs one more element at least.
I think I am learning a lot, not least that I can paint with water-colour still!
Here's a composition I've just finished as a pair to the one at the top, what do you think? Which do you prefer of the two? I can't really decide myself, what I love here is line over bold colour and little details too. Something to pursue :)