Still Lives Featuring Flowers

Somehow I am behind in posting. I am going to post my recent sketches by topic so I can catch up.

In August, my Tuesday evening Zoom group shifted to still lives, at first due to lack of models but later because the subject matter grabbed us. These pieces are from the two evenings that our setup featured flowers.

The medium in first two is a combination of gouache and chalk markers on black Bristol paper. The time was early evening and there were shafts of light that moved through the scene as the sun lowered. I think this first sketch below catches the idea of evening light better, but I like the second one more because the swath of black paper sets off the flowers.

Fast forward a month, and the artist responsible for setting up that week was getting more creative and free. This scene had two plaster casts of her feet from art school. She placed the feet around a vase of flowers on a crumpled tablecloth.

As I worked on the first, smaller piece, I realized how much I loved the interplay of all that wonderful line. So I emphasized the lines in the second version by skipping the color in the tablecloth and leaving more black paper visible.

Both of the following sketches are made with gouache on black Bristol paper. The first is 9 x 9 inches and the second is 13 x 13 inches.

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6 Responses to Still Lives Featuring Flowers

  1. She says:

    Incredible, Sarah!!!

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  2. deb92024 says:

    Not completely crazy about random tootsies but do especially love the composition in the second of the first set. xox

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  3. In both cases I like the second versions. How wonderfully sure and bold they are. And the feet. That choice was a stroke of genius and I bet so fun to paint.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    very VAN GOGH -ish! Lovely!

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