Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Brussels Sprouts and Delft



This work-in-progress has been in-progress for quite a while, interrupted by several pencil portrait commissions and life in general. The clean white narcissus, classic blue Delft-ware, and crisp Brussels sprouts looked quite lovely in the setting sun of early June. Even at this rough stage, I think the freshness I'm seeking is starting to come through.

(6"x14", colored pencil on Pastelbord)

10 comments:

Kathy said...

Hi Liz, This is looking great! Do you collect pieces to use in your work, or are they mostly what you have around the house? Just curious. Can't wait to see this completed.

Robyn said...

My vase envy continues, Liz and I love the fact that you have found beauty in Brussels sprouts. Gorgeous work as usual.

Debbi said...

Very nice composition again Liz. I love the perspective of looking down, and the combination of the vase, narcissus, brussel sprouts and wood. Very inventive!

Liz P said...

Thanks Kathy. The collection of pitchers kind of grew on its own over the decades. I always liked them, but am not really into antiquing, searching, and shopping. Most were given to me, which makes them all the more special!

Liz P said...

Robyn, I still imagine myself bringing you one, and having tea in your back garden... maybe some day!
(And, about the Brussels sprouts. They always reminded me of a pin-tucked blouse with fluttery cap sleeves. I know. I'm insane.)

Robyn said...

Let me know when and I'll put the kettle on :)

How did you know I had a blouse like that once!

Liz P said...

Hi Debbi. I have tried to use this pitcher in a still life a few times, but it never looked right. I think this angle, the strong light and shadow, and overhanging flowers worked together nicely with its odd shape. They are sitting on a woven mat, not wood, and I can see that it's going to take a lot of work to make that read easily.

Julia said...

Breathtaking!

Alvin Richard said...

Beautifully done, great angle and perspective. The importance of the white in the flowers is what makes it so great. Even the title is exquisite. I associate Delft with the great Holland painters incl. Vermeer.

Gillian said...

Who knew that brussels sprouts could be beautiful? This is another Liz classic - so elegant. x