Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Final poppy on masa



I'm calling my experiment with the poppy over for now and moving on to planning some new pieces.  That is after I finish up what's on my plate right now.  I act as if I have A.D.D. at times, jumping from one piece to another, but ideas just have to be put on paper as soon as they gel and other pieces will always wait.


I wasn't thrilled with the colours in the poppy.  I felt it didn't have enough definition and still isn't going quite where I want it to.  I added some touches of pastel to bring back some lighter sections that I lost.  I was anxious to experiment with the concept of this paper and didn't plan my drawing well enough.  The next one will have a roadmap attached to preserve the whites better.

However, I love the veining that the process creates in the masa paper and the potential for experimenting. I wish I hadn't rushed the piece but there is always next time and lessons learned.  Isn't that what its all about?

7 comments:

RHCarpenter said...

The rough look and veining in the petals really make this work on the artist paper...but I think it needs a few spots of really dark darks here and there to give it more dimension before it's done. Looking forward to more experiments from you.

Jeanette said...

I think you're right on adding darker contrasts to it Rhonda. I will likely go back in and play a bit more, then chalk it up to experimentation.

Jan said...

I've always wanted to try the masa or tissue paper with watercolors but have never been brave enough. Your experiments with it have piqued my interest again though.

I know we're never really happy with our work but I do like this - I agree about more "punch" to it but I know you'll keep on experimenting until you get to what's in your mind for it!

Ann said...

I like the subtly of this and the texture the paper creates is very interesting. I know how it is though when something doesn't work out the way you see it in your head, and usually I'm more ready to move on than work on that piece more.

dragonwithin said...

It's how the colors meld together and the texture created by the veining process that holds the attention most in your works giving them that unique enigmatic and overall subtle yet fixating charm.

Jeanette said...

Yes do try it Jan. I can see so many possibilities with this paper and I know you'd have beautiful results.

Funny, how we all have these visions in our heads Ann and just have to somehow try to match them. Sometimes it works, sometimes not, but we keep trying and learning along the way.

Thank you for your eloquent comments dragonwithin.

sue said...

Oh, I hadn't had a chance to get online with travels, so I hadn't seen this! I like this! Very interesting, Jeanette--I want to keep looking at it--it draws me in!