October 28, 2009

Probably not Rudolph

Yesterday I spent the day trying to finish some christmas cards, one ended in the paper bin and will never ever come back, this is the other one.

Somehow I managed to spend a lot of time trying different settings, designing a sleigh (or is it sledge?), adding it, removing it, redoing thumbs for value studies... just to decide that even if it didn't feel right I'd fix it while adding color.

NOTE TO SELF: if you take the time and make the effort to put up a plan just stick to said plan!

I guess it works, it could have gone really wrong, working on this paper didn't help (give me my Fabriano CP or SP anytime) I feel like it ended up pretty well other than for the shadows and definitely much better than it seemed when I started, but I'm not happy because this is not what I wanted to achieve, so it will probably be labeled as a winter landscape with an animal or something like that, most likely not a seasonal greeting for this christmas unless it grows on me this week.

Now back to the drawing table, there are loads of paintings to try yet!


Deb Léger said...

Wow Teresa, this is a gorgeous Christmas card!!!! Beautiful!!

RHCarpenter said...

I think it's beautiful, too, and can be a holiday card - or not - so more versatile (I don't think that word is spelled correctly but I'm too lazy to look it up right now).
If you really truly wanted it to be a Christmas card, you could add a calligraphy over it...just a thought.

Teresa said...

Glad you liked it girls, will try the calligraphy and see how it looks RHonda, thanks for the pointer!

Carmen said...

Hola Teresa, felicidades por tu blog, es fantástico. Realmente buena la tarjeta de felicitación. La persona que la reciba será muy afortunada.

Un abrazo

Teresa said...

Muchas gracias Carmen, encantada de tenerte por aquí :)

Ann Buckner said...

Teresa, finally got a chance to visit blogs. Have to say I love this reindeer painting. The body of the deer is excellent IMHO. I'm tickled silly that you are concentrating on your painting!

Teresa said...

Ha! I'm glad I made you smile just by painting lol, it does feel GRRRRREAT! Hope you're paintings too!

The only problem I see is in the shadow of the deer, it's been worrying me quite a bit, I added a red glow at the horizon just to have some of the color there without paying too much attention to the fact that the shadow of the deer sugest the sun being up high in the sky, but nobody seems to be bothered by it so I guess it's not a problem after all.