Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Potter's Hands

I thought it time to tackle painting hands. No more cute tricks like hands in the pocket, hands holding large bunches of flowers, hands just out of sight. They weren't quite as hard as I feared.
Same old rules about values and temperature. A big thank you to Fred Graff for his helpful critique which had me darkening the darks, and using a mosre consistent brushwork.
This painting is 8x10 on stretched canvas.


Karen said...

Oh wow These hands are beautiful! It's funny you posted this when you did...I had just made a promise to myself to draw of paint at least one hand (and car) each day. Okay, I'm inspired.
What did you mean when you said more consistent did that help you with the hand in particular? I'm curious about that.

Loriann Signori said...

I love the color harmony in this piece. That included with your drawing skills and strong composition make this a beautiful piece. Brava!

Jean Levert Hood said...

This is great, Kathleen! The emotion is felt, the hands are strong, I love it!

Kathleen said...

My painting of the hands originally had the hands done as they are now but the vase was handled with thin glazes of transparent raw sienna running horizontally and it seemed like the two halfs of the painting didnt go together. So I reworked the pot to be more consistent and harmonious with the hands.

Loriann - thank you!

Jean - good to see you again. Thanks!

Karen Koch said...

Kathleen, this has such a wonderful feel! The whole painting is just beautiful.

Karen said...

Hi Kathleen, I'm 'tagging' you, because I want everyone to get over here and see your work!
You can check back to my blog for the taggee duties. :)

Jill Berry said...

Very nice painting with great values and color harmony. Great theme as well. Not just hands, but hands with a purpose.

José said...

Hi Kathleen,

Hands are probably one of the most difficult features to depict.
You did a good job, especially when you portray working hands in a convincing way.

Kind regards,