Sunday, August 29, 2010

Small sketch for possible show piece

"Sisters"

Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Association' Annual Member show is coming right up. The title is "Alternate Realities." I have a number of different ideas of what I would like to paint, and this is one of them. I recalled my pregnant mom, later a mother of seven, being totally surprised to learn that my fourth grade teacher at St. Monica's School was her former college roommate, who, by the way, was not a Catholic when my mother knew her at the University of Vermont. These women chose to live very different lives.

I am fairly satisfied with Mom (who is a fictional mom), but Sister Claire needs some work and more lost edges! Drawing from imagination is always a challenge. I like how I abstracted the background. Before I decide to paint the final piece , I will try a few more ideas I have, harking back to fractured poppies and the yellow line exercise. I'm also musing about a collage. I have a few fallback pieces I painted this past year, if I don't succeed at a new piece. I could have entered the poppies, but I sold the painting at Open Studios.

7 comments:

Charlene Brown said...

This is a beautiful story, and a wonderful start on telling it with this lovely little sketch! Must say, I thought your mother was leaning back at an unnatural angle (until I remembered that's exactly the unnatural angle all expectant mothers lean at) but my initial impression was confirmed by the thumbnail in my blog list (check it quick while it's stil at the top) -- They're both leaning out of the picture! Shifting both to the right, still leaning at the same angle, should fix it... if you decide to use this idea, and I hope you do!

PAMO said...

A wonderful concept and interpretation of alternate realities! It works on so many levels. Wow Mary! Really!
I'm excited to see where you go from here.

Mary Paquet said...

Thanks, Charlene -- I checked out the thumbnail and I will make sure I move them over a bit.

Pam, thanks so much for the encouragement.

AutumnLeaves said...

As it stands, this piece can tell a couple of different stories (and I admit that the story you told wasn't one that I had thought of! LOL), which is rather cool! I like the background too!

hwfarber said...

This is a really nice memory sketch. You continue to amaze.

Mary Paquet said...

Sherry, you gave me a chuckle -- probably thinking that Sister Claire is lecturing the wayward teen.

Hallie, thanks!

Margaret Bednar said...

This is a wonderful subject and I hope you decide to do a finished version. It is great the way it is, but i was thinking maybe a statue of Jesus as an infant or toddler on the table would be interesting - or a painting on the wall... Or maybe it would be a distraction. This is very, very clever.