Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Shades of Gray

Shades of Gray   Oil on wood   8" x 8"  SOLD
Click image to enlarge.  Diane@DianeHoeptner.com
Tole painting is the art of painting fruit, flowers and leaves with "one-stroke" onto products ranging from rocking chairs to pottery.  It was taught in the UK in the 1700's.  Women who did tole painting were referred to as "paintresses!"  While I would probably object to being called a paintress, I sure do appreciate the simplicity of tole painting.  Unfortunately the "one-stroke" method  won't get me the results I want...  Building up values from dark to light is crucial.  I do it better when I slow down and get methodical about it.  The brightest parts are the most fun and provide the most drama...sometimes it's hard not to jump ahead, especially with the white Mums! Anyway, I may have gotten my fix of this flower for now, it's time to shop Trader Joe's for fresh inspiration!

9 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I love everything about it!

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  2. Love the beautiful clarity and arrangement. I bet it is stunning in person.

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  3. Beautiful use of grays, Diane! I scrolled back to see all I've missed lately (so hard to keep up!) and they're all beautiful! Wonderful work . . .

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  4. Very lovely. I like how you put a little pop or orange in there

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  5. Beautiful! I love the composition and the view from slightly higher than you normally paint. Looking forward to seeing what flower will catch your fancy next! What unoticed flower will you reintroduce us to and show us how beautiful it is?
    Joan

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  6. Lovely, subtle tones. I'm with you on building values!(and jealous that you have a Trader Joe's...!)

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  7. You handle whites so very well Diane! So much depth and tones.
    Lovely.

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