Thursday, January 03, 2008

Emphasizing Line












Through my internet buddy Rhonda, I found Myrna Wacknov's blog and have been watching her and other artists as they work on challenges that Myrna proposes. This month's challenge had to do with the Elements of Design. I've modified Myrna's challenge a bit to make it less complicated for myself and have chosen a subject and an element. My subject is a Ti plant that I photographed in Hawaii, and the design element I want to emphasize is LINE. Originally I was going to draw the lines with pen, but just before I started it got the idea to paint red lines instead. As I went along it occurred to me that I could leave some of the leaves white for more interest, and then I decided to put the black rectangle in the background to add more lines, as well as a good dark to make the subject "pop". I evidently did not take my photograph entirely straight on, so please forgive the little bit of distortion in the rectangle. Next I will be doing the same subject emphasizing SHAPE.


Ti Leaves 11 x 15 on Winsor Newton Hot Press

7 comments:

Joan said...

You really started the year off...a painting already completed. It will be fun to see how you work the same image to focus on a different aspect each time. I like how this came out with the white leaves. Great idea!

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

When you get back into painting it is with a big bang and with no loss of your ability after the time away! This is a great idea, well-executed and looks just great to me. I like the black rectangle in the back and those white leaves are a brilliant idea!

Susan

Myrna Wacknov said...

This is a striking image! Line is one of my favorite elements. Looking forward to see what you do with shape.

Michelle Himes said...

Thanks, Joan and Susan. It's nice to get a "brilliant" idea once in a while.

Thanks, Myrna - how did you find this painting. I was going to send it to you, but it didn't exactly meet your challenge in all three aspects. I'm glad you liked it anyway. I will let you know when I've done the "shape" one.

Tracy Wandling said...

This is yummy. What a great project...I'll have to go check it out.
Happy New Year!!!

Roshanda said...

This is really interesting. I love what you have done with the lines. Very nice painting and wonderful design.

Sandy Maudlin said...

This is my favorite. It's unified and dynamic. And very well painted. Great job.