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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Dew drops in morning light

copyright 2009, Helen Read

Dill Weed, 6x6" acrylic on canvas

This one has been in my mind for awhile - and it required some thinking before I put my thoughts to canvas. First, I took the reference photo in my garden this summer. A tall stand of dill that had been bathed in dew in the morning. The light was beautiful as every little floret had a large drop of dew which reflected the sunlight.

How to put this to paint??? Well, obviously, my rendition doesn't do God's handiwork justice, but it does qualify as a celebration of that small morning gift! This is a great example of how God romances us with his gifts in creation! But, I digress. I decided to use a more experimental approach. I used some interference paint (gold to red) in the background, mixed with a light yellow. That gave a very reflective background on which to put the image. Then, I worked with the image. Putting down the essence of what I saw in my garden - trying to capture the sense of water droplets without becoming formulaic and tedious.

In actuality, it does have a very reflective quality about it, which isn't so obvious in my photo.


Mary K said...

I really like this Helen, the yellow-gold background gives a lightness to it, helps the delicacy of the dill come thru. Just enough sparkle on the dew too.

Debra J.Sepos said...

Bravo Helen! Very nice job!

Miss Sandy said...

Hi Helen,
I love the angle you painted this one from and the colors are wonderful! I hope you have a great week!

Shea said...

that's quite beautiful.
interesting painting herb,
maybe it'd be a good idea to paint a whole series of herbs, there are so many, what do you think?
I'd be interested in seeing that,
Happy Valentines Day.

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