Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Still Life completed

Here is the completed oil painting that I was working on in my last post. You may note that I did not have the the light and shadows on the rock as well defined before. It was that strip of light at the bottom of the rock that caught my eye and made the composition. I also darkened the background, I wanted the leaves to pop a little more.

I was very sorry to learn this week ( and I may have been the last person to find out) that Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion is no longer being published. This month would have been the artist studio edition which I totally enjoyed. This was one of those treats you allow yourself, curl up with a cup of tea and get lost in all the creativity. I still go thru old copies and find something new. I guess there were a few more magazines that fell victim to the economy. Unfortunately, I liked many of the ones that did not make it. Look on the bright side, I will be saving some money.

10 comments:

Cathy said...

Your still life is beautifully painted Holly. Looking at the two photos together you have definitely improved it a lot, especially the darker background.

Sorry to hear about your mag closing. I am dreading some of my regulars disappearing. They are like old friends. I don't know about where you are but here in the UK there has been a massive explosion of magazines over the past few years. You can get mags on every subject under the sun now which is lovely for us, but I wonder how many of them will have to fold due to recent economical events.

Dean H. said...

This painting was good before...now it really sings! Great job, Holly!

Holly Zemak said...

Thanks Cathy - You are right about the magazines being like old friends. I use them for inspiration and some pages get a little dog earred over time.

Holly Zemak said...

Thanks Dean

magicmyst said...

Your completed project is wonderful as always holly. I too think that the darker background and shadows on the rock create more mystery and drama. Well done.
Kay

Holly Zemak said...

Thanks Kay - I am much happier with the dark background.

Karen Hargett said...

Holly - I just had to drop by your blog after you leaving such a sweet comment on mine. OMG - your work is beautiful. I took a peek at your cards too - they are delightful!

Holly Zemak said...

Thanks Karen - As I said, nice to meet another pastel artist. I will be sure to share your blog with others.

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Hello Holly, I found your blog thru Deano's Den and WOW! You really knocked my socks off. Your paintings are stunning!

Jade E. Henderson said...

Hi Holly I found your pictures through magicmysts blog. You art work is beautiful, so crisp and colourful. You're very talented.