Tuesday, March 9, 2010

We're All In This Together

"We're All In This Together", ink and paper, 21cm (H) x 30cm (W)

This one was finished about a week ago. Have been waiting for fine weather to take photo. (Not that we had much last week ... a freaking hail and storm caused a minor damage of the back porch of my house ... hence pls forgive the less of brightness of the photo)


After all the bright color starfishes, I decided to go for a new color palette. A kind of musty tone which is more my kind of color. I'm quite pleased with my pen and brush work of the mushrooms.


This was my first attempt to use washes and a bit of freehand drawing to create foreground. And honestly, I had the slightest idea of what I was doing. It was one thing to read about the technique from books and another to do it. So I'd like to know what you all think about it. Have I been able to create the "impression" of a "passable" grassland or it just looked smudges of green? ;)


Also, I'll be very interested to know if the the title and visual work together. I hope my usual whimsical / quirky take on things still there in this drawing.


Though I'm still struggling (i.e. learning) to draw, I'm enjoying it greatly. And I think I manage to improve my overall skill drawings after drawings.


Til then, have a good day my fellow bloggers and creatives.

24 comments:

nanke's stuff said...

I think this is very charming and I like your palette very much. Also, I think your grass is impressionistic and works just fine. nancy

Barbara/myth maker said...

I really like this, including the grass.

Kathleen said...

Wow! Your mushrooms are amazing. Almost ethereal. Your grassland is fine, but I'm in love with the mushrooms and overall color palette. Yum!

Maron said...

I think the whole painting is quite springy with the nice pastel colors!!

dandelionlady said...

So sweet and lovely! I totally got the title as soon as I looked at it. Mushrooms are so interesting, such neat shapes. Thanks for liking my story on my blog, I wasn't sure if I should share it or not, and now I'm glad I did.

Melissa and Emmitt said...

Hi!
It is so nice to meet you! I love your blog and art.
Thank you so much for saying hello today. Your mushrooms are wonderful!
:) Melissa

EVA said...

Delightful!!!I love all the varied mushrooms. They are beautifully drawn. I think the foreground works very well too!

So - Which one makes you taller?
;)

Cameron said...

Thank you for your visit today HJ....can I call you HJ? It seems that Blogland is filled with kindred spirits and creative folk who take pride in sharing their hard work and joy in the sharing of other's.

Again, I appreciate you coming by.
These mushrooms are great. I can picture a little pixie happy as a clam under one of them, resting neath the cap on a sea of green!

All my Best,
Cameron
Paint Myself Pretty

Monica said...

Love the assortment of mushrooms... has a dreamy quality.

Donna Heart said...

hi hybrid J! glad i foun dyour blog - a lovely place to visit! I definitely think the title works well - it's perfect! sometimes i feel like i have a mushroom head as well lol! Have been keepin gup with all teh weather reports your way from here in the west - amazing! hope you didn't get too much damage...
x donna

linda said...

Love this, looks like botanical drawings in a book! I think you are doing really well... and the musty color goes well for the theme.

Angie said...

Ohhh yes, what a lovely drawing, the title goes beautifully with it too. Wow, I must say, that you are going in leaps and bounds with your drawings, and I love your colour choices!
thanks for coming by, its always nice to hear from you :)

WrightStuff said...

There's definitely something magical about this and I think there should be a fairy or two hiding in there somewhere - you know what they're like, very camera shy! You have such a wonderful unique style.

Amy said...

i like this one. You managed to give the mushrooms a sense of movement rather than just being still, stuck fungi!

Michelle said...

I love this picture - my daughter would happily have it on her wall as a fairy ring. I think your choice of colours was brilliant and it evokes an early misty morning feel, Well done!!
Michelle
x

Rose Works Jewelry said...

I really like it :)

Shannon said...

It turned our beautifully! Thanks for visiting my blog yesterday. Happy to be introduced to you!

mariasangel said...

look at all those happy shrooms!! the are so friendly! i love that you use stippling! one of my faves!

Kim said...

delightfully whimsical - your mushrooms have such personality!

Leone said...

Love this muted palette. The whimsy continues and I love it.

IvyC. said...

"Perfect" descriptive heading "We're All In This Together".. beautifully illustrated - Eye soothing tones.. lovely mood crafted!

Keep shining.. have fun, cheers:)

Hybrid J said...

Hi All,

Thanks again for all the wonderful comments. You made me want to do better. THANK YOU! ;)

miruspeg said...

Hello Hybrid
What a lovely lot of comments, hope you are smiling from ear to ear.

This painting reminds me of "Alice in Wonderland". That was my first thought when I saw it. And the title is perfect.

I read about that terrible hail storm that hit Melbourne and caused so much damage. Sorry to hear your back porch was damaged.

Hope you have a happy week.
Hugs
Peggy xxx

Postcards from Wildwood said...

Yes, I love it! I really enjopy your drawings and think you're very talented. I think this looks very magical whilst also appearing botanically true.
Thanks for your encouraging comments on my blog. I stamp because I can't draw but I've seen artists combine their natural artistry with stamping to great effect.
Janice.