Sunday, November 11, 2007

tiger lily - ATC for DT2

my latest serious art creation (or attempt at one!) is this tiger lily ATC for the DT2 exchange. i was going for an artistic impression of a realistic picture -- more adept than a typical coloring book picture, but not real enough looking that someone might mistake it for a photo. it almost seems to me to have a stained-glass quality, and i like that.

overall, i'm very happy with the creation and really sad to part w/ it. every time i work on a project like this, jerry always watches w/ interest. he never asks for a picture for himself, but then he makes comments later like "i wish you weren't getting rid of that one" or "that would look good on my desk".

i think if it were up to him, he would have all of my artwork framed and hanging all over the house. i'd feel like i lived in "the shrine of jill"! since much of it is artwork of our family, it would probably be ok, though.

this ATC was done on white Bristol Vellum paper with prismacolor colored pencils and sprayed w/ krylon workable fixatif to protect the colors from smearing. Being an ATC, this piece measures 2.5" x 3.5".


Blogger Warren Bunch said...


Wed Nov 14, 08:07:00 AM CST  
Blogger Andrea Plotts said...

I love it! Its gorgeous! I love how you used the warm colors and then used a contrasting color in the background... it really makes it pop! Great Job!


Wed Nov 14, 11:50:00 PM CST  
Blogger Deborah said...

Great vibrant colors, I like the contrast of the green background. Very nice!

Thu Nov 15, 12:57:00 AM CST  
Blogger Jan said...

Jill, Your lily is beautifully done and the colors are lovely. Nice work!

Thu Nov 15, 05:49:00 AM CST  
Anonymous Ella said...

Love how the background contrasts with the flower. Wonderful!

Thu Nov 15, 06:36:00 AM CST  
Anonymous Marie said...


Thu Nov 15, 06:53:00 AM CST  
Blogger Lin said...

Jill! This is FABULOuS!!! Form, color -- the rich tones are glorious!! BRAVA!

Thu Nov 15, 07:14:00 AM CST  
Blogger Dee said...

Beautifully done! Great color. I know what you mean about loved ones wanting to keep every single piece. I've learned to dispose of the non-keepers on the sly. :)

Thu Nov 15, 07:17:00 AM CST  
Blogger Sherry said...

The colors on your lily are very appealing, and certainly as the fall robs us of blooming things (at least where I live), that's a very good thing. I do have a suggestion. It seems to me that the values here are light, and midtone. There are very few true darks, and I think the flower would be more interesting if you experimented with darker passages. One safe way to do that is to scan or photocopy the painting and play with adding darks on your copy. If you can scan, you might try running a b&w copy for yourself, which will show your values more clearly.

Thu Nov 15, 07:24:00 AM CST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jill, Make copies of the artwork that your husband likes....or do one especially for him.....I love the lily....don't know what you could have done differently. ") You have inspired me to get my pencils out again!

Thu Nov 15, 08:05:00 AM CST  
Blogger HeArt Collective said...

We love these reddish orange lilies! Simon (DH) takes just one and put it in this little vase to put in our room and then leaves the rest in a vase on the kitchen table. He would love this piece too. Kudos on a job well done.

Thu Nov 15, 08:39:00 AM CST  
Blogger nathalie said...

Jill, the lily is lovely. I totally agree with Sherry about the values and her ideas to photocopy and experiment is an excellent one. While you are experimenting try taking just the background darker and either adding more value/color gradation, or taking it darker and completely flat. Computer monitors are hard to go by but it looks a little "safe", like there is some there but not a real commitment one way or the other - but do play on photocopies, because it is still really nice as is.perfect

Thu Nov 15, 09:34:00 AM CST  
Blogger Michele said...

Beautiful color. I love the way it seems to glow, as if back-lit. I agree that you need a little more of the darkest dark value, and think the photocopy idea is inspired. I am off to try photocopying some pieces of mine so I can experiment with the values.

All the best,

Thu Nov 15, 10:33:00 AM CST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i would love a copy of this wonderful work for my desk. keep up the wonderful work. love mr. wonderful

Thu Nov 15, 11:02:00 AM CST  
Blogger BMoon said...

Really lovely, Jill. These colors just vibrate right off the page.

Thu Nov 15, 12:09:00 PM CST  
Anonymous Shelly said...

Fun to read your thoughts, I too really like the painterly quality you've encompassed.
Though would like to see a bit more shadowed or darks to show a more "3d" effect.
Could just be how it looks on my computer.
HEY! Wait just a ATC? I have to run and see the list...I hope it's for me, I hope it's for me...
Great job Jill! :o )

Thu Nov 15, 01:06:00 PM CST  
Blogger Lorraine Evans said...

Not that it needs one more great job but its always nice to hear. So Great Job

Thu Nov 15, 01:16:00 PM CST  
Blogger Lorraine Evans said...

Not that it needs one more great job but its always nice to hear. So Great Job

Thu Nov 15, 01:16:00 PM CST  
Blogger Linda said...

This is great! I really like the way you used lighter warm colors for your "outline" lines. That was a GOOD CHOICE! :-) You do wonderful work!

Thu Nov 15, 01:41:00 PM CST  
Anonymous Karlene Lusby said...

The colors are amazing! You got that with colored pencils? Before I read your text I figured it had to be oil pastel or oil paint for that kind of intensity. Wonderful!
-Karlene Lusby

Thu Nov 15, 02:16:00 PM CST  
Blogger Bwunny said...

This is really lovely. I love the soft colors in your illustration.

Why are you getting rid of it? I must have missed something.


Thu Nov 15, 05:40:00 PM CST  
Blogger jill said...

it's created to exchange or trade w/ other members of the group i'm in. not to worry -- i'm sure i'll get something wonderful in exchange.

Thu Nov 15, 05:48:00 PM CST  
Blogger Lotus_Eskimo said...

I think that's amazing, of all things to paint, I do know painting flowers must be the funest as far as painting something buetiful. It almost looks like you made it to be frozen in time, wich what i really appreiciate about it.

Fri Nov 16, 01:24:00 PM CST  
Blogger The Brat said...

Jill, I really like the picture. It is great how you incorporated so many colors to make it so realistic! Thanks for sharing.

Have an amazing Thanksgiving!


Wed Nov 21, 08:50:00 AM CST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretty picture. Enjoy your family holidays.
Mary R

Wed Nov 21, 05:20:00 PM CST  
Blogger phthaloblu said...

Jill, it does look a little like stained glass. Just glows. Very pretty. I won't critique here since it's been like over 2 years :) only to say that I agree with what Sherry, Shelly and Nathalie said in their comments. I love that this is an ATC. I hope the recipient loved it.

Wed Dec 23, 11:09:00 AM CST  

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