Saturday, July 23, 2011

Vase of Many Colors

"Vase of Many Colors" - Prints available at http://zazzle.com/deborahcarmanstudio*


It's been a while since I've worked on a still life painting. And I truly enjoyed working on this one for many reasons. The beautiful multi-colored hand blown glass vase was the perfect subject. I loved it the moment I saw it.

The second reason I enjoyed this piece is because it didn't take forever to paint. I'm one of those artists who likes to begin a painting and finish that painting in a day. Okay, maybe not a day but at least not a month.

This one took a couple of days. I find that I need to look at a completed (for the most part) painting for a while, see it through "rested" eyes and then make the final touches.

It doesn't always work that way. There are some past paintings that when I pull them back out to work out the "bugs" (very appropriately named because they literally bug me to death), they refuse to be finished and back on the shelf they go. Perhaps they instinctively know that I'm not quite ready to do the job yet. For whatever reason, they seem happy enough to wait until I am.

"Vase of Many Colors" was painted with a medium round brush using quality tube watercolor paint and "Arches" Rough 140 lb watercolor paper.

Blue Ribbon Winner

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