Saturday, 28 September 2013

Day 28 - In-progress - Broken but Beloved


Eeek! Now I'm half a painting behind - right when the finish line is in sight! I didn't get started on this painting until 3.45pm today and after nearly 3 hours working on it I realised that the light was changing too much on my subject matter. I was painting from life and even though I had my daylight lamp on, once the sun went down it still seemed to affect the shadows.
Below is a snap of the Christmas ornaments I'm painting. The two pine cones are beloved vintage ornaments that I grew up with as a child that my mum bought new in the 60s. The front one has a great gaping hole in the back of it and is unusable, but I couldn't bear to throw it out so it now resides in a Christmas tin on a little bed of tinsel. The little Santa is a modern ornament but made to look vintage. I'm going to have to paint like the clappers tomorrow!


12 comments:

  1. Beautiful ornaments,Wendy! The painting is lovely and is a wonderful way to preserve these treasured pieces!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Celia, yes I think it is nice to paint treasured pieces, it somehow feels more substantial than just taking a photo.

      Delete
  2. I agree. It is lovely. Hope you are making a calendar. Good for you for painting from life. I need to do more of that myself. So much more info from life than a photo.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Kaethe! Not sure about the calendar but I will investigate it. I'd done a Christmas painting just in case it would make a nice card sometime.

      Delete
  3. I have never heard the expression 'like the clappers'. It seems very apporpriate for lots of circumstances! I like this piece, and the nostalgic mood it evokes!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Katherine! Go like the clappers means to go very fast!

      Delete
  4. Love to see the progress in a work!

    ReplyDelete

  5. I really love the way you arranged them so the light came down and caught on all those bumps. Difficult to do and you managed to paint them beautifully. i especially love the darker one.
    I lol at - paint like the clappers - have not heard that in years!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much Julie! Yes, I was feeling pretty pleased with the darker one - which is finished at this stage.
      I use that expression all the time I must confess, I will have to take note to see if others around here do as well. I do enjoy colourful language!

      Delete
  6. Oh you are getting me into the Christmas mood , such sweet ornaments and beautifully painted. I too have Christmas stuff that should be thrown out because it is broken , but I can't bear o do it as it holds so many memories:-) Have a nice sunday.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Jane, I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who can't bear to throw out broken things.

      Delete