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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Inspiration Sunday

Inspiration card #1 instructed me to paint a picture with keys as the subject.
Card #2 instructed me to create a square, circle or rectangle in the centre of the watercolour paper, use it to create abstract designs around it, and to use contrasts in my painting.
So I began with a sketch:

 a wash
 a heart
 and added some keys
 The one key beside the heart looks more 3-d than the others, so I shall leave them that way for a contrast
Completed painting
warm tones against cold
soft heart against hard metal
realistic key against abstract patterns
straight lines against curvilinear
hard edges against soft ones
the written word (real) against the symbolic heart
3-d  against 2-d renditions
geometric shape against organic
 close-up of the top half
bottom half

I think the painting is cohesive, in spite of all the contrasts, by repeating the same colours throughout.
Seeing it on the computer, I recognize a few areas that could benefit with a little more work. I may do a bit more painting on this, once I've had a few days to examine it.

I hope your Sunday has been a good day.
Have you been creating today?

Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz


  1. Suz,
    I love the colorwash you gave it, beautifull tones, and the keyes really stands out-and wow thats a lot of terms, to consider in one painting- well done dear.

  2. I liked those warm tones, too, Dorthe.Thanks so much for your comments.

  3. This is way more than a tatting challenge. Am amazed of how you handle the instructions. Great piece of art! Very creative.

  4. Thank you so much, Tattingrid! It certainly challenges my ideas, my 'style', and gives me different parameters within which to create. It stretches me for sure! Hugs

  5. I like this painting very much! I have a thing for keys.....
    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my OWOH post, always lovely to hear from you.x

  6. I'm so glad you like it, Jules! Keys are like little pieces of history, don't you think so? Hugs

  7. Suz this is a great piece, love the colors, I'm very impressed.

  8. This lovely picture will make a great valentine gift.

  9. Thank you Anni! It sure was fun to paint. Hugs

  10. Funny you should say that, Janet. When I read it was to be a painting about keys, my thoughts went to Valentine's Day, and unlocking a heart. Hugs


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