Sunday, April 25, 2010

Masai update III



I've starting working on the bead necklace for this piece, trying to get at least some base colours and shapes down then defining them.


Tedious detail work is the making or breaking of many drawings for a lot of artists.  Its easy to lose interest in broad stretches of repetitious work.  To make it easier, I break it down into small sections instead of contemplating the whole piece.  So once the base values are in, I take perhaps just one colour section of the necklace and complete that then move on to the next.  It gives me an easily achieved goal and helps things move forward.

Kim Barker of.Top Artists Directory has kindly featured me in Featured Artist of the Week, highlighting the fun, but slightly sinister, painting of the child/clown that I completed the other week.  Thank you Kim.

13 comments:

Julie Broom said...

A lot of work Jeanette, but it's paying off already. I'm loving the lighting in this one. I did a painting of a Masai woman a few years ago, so can appreciate just how much work goes into depicting that beading!

Jennifer Rose said...

great job with all of the jewelry detail :)

Ann said...

It just glows - this is stunning! Thanks for sharing your process. I am really looking forward to the finish.

Sydney Harper said...

This is looking wonderful! It really does have a glow about it.

Congrats on being the Featured Artist of the Week.

Billie Crain said...

Very beautiful. Your diligence with the bead work is paying off. Those little touches of blue and red and all the detail is impressive.

Jo Castillo said...

Wow, Jeanette, this is gorgeous. The light is amazing. You are a patient person!

Jeanette said...

Thanks Julie. Yes the beading is time consuming isn't it? The lighting is great in this piece and becomes more apparent as the piece grows.

Thanks Jennifer.

The colour and light does have impact on this black paper Ann.

Thanks Sydney. I love picking out the light from black paper.

Billie, the beads do take time but i think it should be worth it.

Jo, thanks. I don't know about patient. I just take a small section at a time to work on and it builds.

Valerie Jones said...

This is stunning!!

Diahn said...

This is just so, so good - you are fearless...

I love seeing your progress shots - they really highlight all the amazing work that goes into these pieces - thanks for sharing!

A Brush with Color said...

Wow! It is really shaping up to look amazing, Jeanette. You must be such a calm spirit to work on such tedious subject matter and make it come out looking so beautiful.

Jeanette said...

Thank you Valerie.

Fearless or foolhardy, who knows? :)
I always find detail work interesting to do.

Sue, I break it down into small portions and take breaks from it. It comes together fairly easily then. I rarely think about the time it takes to complete a piece, it just gets done one day. Unless of course a customer is breathing down my neck wanting it!

Caroline Bray Art said...

This is stunning and very atmospheric! Looking forward to seeing the final piece.

Spencer Stott ~ Fine Art said...

jeanette i just found your bog. as a fellow artist i so appreciate your work. this one struck me as powerful, beautiful, real. very nice work. very nice. inspiring.