A little birdie told me to get out my tea cups again! This time it’s a bluebird of happiness alighting upon the forget-me-nots plucked from my garden and an art deco teacup I found at a local antique shop.
I began sketching with my brush and thinned oils directly on the 12 x 12″ canvas.
Sadly, my sweet little drawing was off center and it’s important to me that the tea cup remains dead center in this series of little square paintings, so I wiped it out with a cloth and began again – this time measuring out my center point with a little dot.
Happy that I had my tea cup centered, I began to develop its volume using warm and cool hues and light and dark values.
Next I wanted to make sure my bird was going in a good direction, and blocked the blues. I started to work in bits of the background and flowers, working the composition and color story.
Not forgetting the forget-me-nots, I began layering them in behind and over he bird and draped over the edge of the saucer. This helps to develop the illusion of a depth of space. It’s pretty and light with bits of white showing through.
But I want to sculpt the image with shadows, anchoring the objects with a sense of gravity, so I layered in some darks. Tomorrow, more highlights!
Oh I’ll be thinking of a title too – I have the working title of Forget-me not Tea and Feathers, but maybe I’m also thinking along the lines of Souvenir of Happiness, or Remember me Blue….
OK, I didn’t see this coming yesterday! Today I woke up and wondered what my bluebird would look like with the rust breast of the male. It was a brave decision to make as I was pretty in love with the very simple color palette going on, but I thought this color break in a sea of blue might add a focal point and help the bird pop. Maybe I’m not so brave – it’s only paint after all!
Love this Marie. I think the color decision was a good one – the rust breast looks fab. Also looks like you added a wash of rust on the left – nice touch.
Thanks for your input Julia. It really helps to break up the vacuum of the studio with some helpful commentary. I’m tweaking it just a bit. I hope to have four of these teacup birds for the next gallery exchange, that is if they don’t sell out through Facebook, like Blackberry Tea did.
Yes, the red breast is a winner! Beautiful! I miss forget-me-nots…they stayed for a few years, then departed. (But I haven’t forgotten them.)
And I hear ya about the loneliness of the studio….!
They are sweet aren’t they – I’m having pretty good luck with the forget-me-nots self-seeding- let’s see how they do with the drought! Thanks for comments Janet! I hope to have four teacup birds for the next gallery exchange at the end of July.