September 14, 2010

Sketches of the day…



Didn't have a concrete project for the day, other than it was more than time to grab my pencils again. Not much time left of the afternoon so I had to stay nerby my home. The wheather was nice and I really felt like sketching outdoors. I only told myself to try to get anything on the beautiful "creamy" paper in one of my new sketchbooks. The result?... a piece of wall on which the cables of the electric system looked prehistorical and interesting to me and my can of Coke (which is my only drug I think besides drawing. Or no, talked too fast, there are many other things I can't live without, no doubt about it).

8 comments:

Michael Bailey said...

The wall is a great composition Helen, I would love to see a larger watercolor using this sketch. Really like it!

Helen Ström said...

Thanks Michael, you're right it would make it "breathe" a more than in this version were it seems to be croped and I can feel how these cables will also have more room to live then. It's rare I work in series, even though that is what I'm telling myself to do to and even less that I reproduise one of my sketches. But for sure that's the next step so that all these sketchbooks will be for bigger use. Thanks again. Comments always helps to get further on any level.

Michael Bailey said...

You're very welcome. I saw the same quality of light and composition in your sketch that I saw in a couple of watercolors by Dean Mitchell and I hope you pursue this further.

I'm trying to insert links to a couple of his pieces that yours reminded me of,I hope they work... you might have to cut and paste the URL's, I've never tried to insert links in a blog comment before.

"Cooling the Heatwave"
www.hearnefineart.com/hfa2/artist_images2/dean2/dm_wc_CoolingTheHeatwave_25x18d5_875.jpg

"Sunlit"
www.hearnefineart.com/hfa2/artist_images2/dean2/dm_wc_Sunlit_13x12_875.jpg

Helen Ström said...

Thanks again Michael!
Didn't know Dean Mitchell until now. I definately like his light and it's funny to see the same kind of composition. He art also reminds me of some of Andrew Wyeth's watercolors.
I'll have to practice my capacity to get the right color and value right away, which would be easier... even though the way it works now I paint the different shadows and lights until they function side by side, after a while and it seems to work and the light is sometimes a gift. I have been attracted and inspired by the light from the beginning and the shadows since some time. Light doesn't work without the shadows so I better like them too. : )

Fay Akers said...

I love this can. I love the looseness of the paint.

Helen Ström said...

Thank you Fay! While peinting it, for a moment it was too loose... then a few brushstrokes brought the solidity back.

Helen Ström said...

Thank you Fay! While peinting it, for a moment it was too loose... then a few brushstrokes brought the solidity back.

Helen Ström said...

Well, well, I got an order to do a painting today something like this wall. Good for me, as I've been thinking about it lately. I actually felt like doing more urban paintings and a serie of "wall compositions".
I just hope that weather will get a little better so that I can get some nice lights on the walls in town and not get wet !