Saturday, November 29, 2008

7 stars...from Dragon to Sphinx

This is a continuation of November 28 post, Dragon of 7 stars. I'm doing a newer version of this work, applying what I've learned about composition: balance and circular movement, and patterns of values.

I made 3 value sketches of the dragon in watercolor, but it didn't inspire me; I've done so many dragons that they're getting tired. Then I thought of a sphinx, and that feels fresh and new. It also feels comfortable because I'm practiced at doing both figures and felines. The composition is basically the same with the figure flying overhead with 7 stars, and the houses, lake, and boat below. I decided to make the sky dark to let the figure stand out. The lake and the sail on the boat are light to complete the half-circle that the figure makes. I decided to keep the format as a square, as it goes with the figure. This sketch is in ink and watercolor, on lightweight cp watercolor paper.

This is exciting-- think I'll make a clay model next to paint from. Maybe even a diorama. Stay tuned!


mark mitchell said...

I love this. It is so beautifully expressed. And I agree with (and foreswear by) all of the tenets of "Fun Art."

Is there a place where we can sign at the bottom of it like some of America's forefathers did with the Declaration of Independence?

FAF (Fun Art Forever) I say!


Theresa Bayer said...

Thanks Mark! I feel honored when my fellow artists comment on my work.
Fun art forever! I like that!

C. L. DeMedeiros said...

very powerful art

totally awesome

really fun
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