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-- 26 October, 2005 --

EDM Challenge 32 - Draw something metallic

Enamel still life
soft pastel on Ingres pastel paper

I am not really sure that this is what the Challenge Mistress on Everyday Matters meant when she asked us to draw something metallic for the challenge in week 32. I suspect that we were supposed to do something all shiny but then I never was very good at taking the straight path.

The jug and cup in this still life are white enamel with dark blue trims. The white shows such interesting colours on both the lit and the shadow sides. The pears are actually a set of ceramic salt and pepper shakers. I made them shiny to begin with but then decided to fake real pears.

By the time I finished this picture, I was up to my wrists in pastel dust, which is actually half of the fun of using them. It is a bit like a kid making mud pies.

Posted by robynls at October 26, 2005 8:52 PM

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The sheen on the rims of the cup and pitcher is excellent! I will remember these enamel cups, we used them regularly when I went camping as a kid.

Posted by: Detlef at October 26, 2005 9:58 PM

You did a very good job of rendering the shine around the rims. I think this is the perfect interpretation of the theme metallic. It could apply to almost anything.

Posted by: Carolyn at October 27, 2005 12:25 AM

Lovely drawing! The highlights really make it zing. I love your drawing with the white pencil on black paper too.

Posted by: Felicity at October 27, 2005 3:43 AM

Lovely! And I love your description of being up to your wrists in pastel dust! How's the Poet doing?

Posted by: Linda at October 27, 2005 10:07 AM

The blue trim actually shines! I can't imagine doing anything shiny. :-)

Posted by: Bonnie at October 27, 2005 12:22 PM

Hello Robyn! Long time no see, but I'm really glad to see how lovely this drawing is. It is crisp and cool and confident. The green shadows on the pears are a brilliant touch. I admire your use of pastels---I'm hopeless with them.

Posted by: Laura at November 25, 2005 9:18 PM

How lovely! I love getting lost in my pastels, too!

Posted by: zee at November 30, 2005 4:03 AM

wonderful, the green of those pears with those wonderful blues, the pitcher and mug beautifully done!

Posted by: Cin at December 7, 2005 12:12 AM

lovely! i love the shine and the shadings and all

Posted by: I S A Y at January 2, 2006 12:39 AM

It's a beautiful and serene drawing, kinda old fashioned... I like it a lot!

Posted by: Hanna at January 12, 2006 12:42 AM

a great look, working on improving my artistic side, maybe ill have to give something similar a go

Posted by: enamel jug at March 17, 2006 9:24 PM

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