Sunday, March 27, 2011

not quite white...



I have decided to pay a bit more attention to my backgrounds... I tend to do the girls first and then the backgrounds feel as though they are an afterthought.

So above is my first attempt at thoughtful backgrounds... I am quite proud of the amount of colour I have achieved here.  I was sitting at my table ready to start this piece, I had white paint and an off white colour called cloud and that was it... I thought to myself 'Katherine how are you supposed to achieve any sort of colour with white and not quite white'!!!  So I got out some chalk pastel pencils and started working intuitively, just going with the flow, adding colour here and there... and using my not quite white paint to get rid of anything I didn't like.

There are parts that I really love and parts that need a bit more attention... and I am not really sure what the taller house is saying yet but I think it is a good start and am looking forward to spending more time on this process.

For those that were interested in some of the pendants from a few posts ago, I will add some to my Etsy shop soon when I can get some good pictures of them... stay tuned.

16 comments:

softearthart said...

Very nice indeed, and I love the girl, cheers Marie

Michele from Pipi La La said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I LOVE the colour you have used!

Amanda said...

Well done Katherine!!!! Great colours it looks amazing like all your work......xx

Micki Wilde said...

I love the background, in fact I love all your backgrounds, you achieve such wonderful pastelly goodness it's inspiring!!

Dale Parker said...

Love this too. I also think sometimes my backgrounds are afterthoughts. Good idea to begin with the background for a change.

patty said...

Love the idea of working intuitively and that you don't yet know what the house is saying. So fun to see it evolve!!

Msartist said...

She is lovely & I love how your background turned out. ~Theresa

tangled sky studio said...

i love that there is a bit more color but that overall the feeling is still soft and calming and very you : )

happy sunday!

Anne-Marie said...

It's funny you say you don't pay much attention to your backgrounds because I find your backgrounds very compelling.

I'm looking forward to seeing your pendants too xx

Pam said...

Love the colours and softness that is still there even with more detail in the background, beautiful as always!
PS was great to meet you at the weekend! :)

NatashaMay said...

This looks gorgeous! I decided to make more of a scene with my backgrounds, too.

Mel @ Wildflower said...

I wonder what the house is saying too :), love the background - very serene.

chrissy said...

i love her....AND her background.
you are so amazing!
xo
miss you my friend.

Jenny Lee Wentworth said...

Love it Katherine, the background is really soft and dreamy!

erin carver said...

hello lovely lady, I'm sorry its been such a long time since we've caught up! i love your new pendants and its gorgeous to see this lovely piece in progress... LOVE the background!

Felicia said...

I love the paleness of your work - but I also love your new use of colour!
Beautiful!!!!