Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Orientale Cadenza for Trumpet

Orientale Cadenza for Trumpet

Acrylic collage

Painting a series of musical instruments has been on my mind lately. This began with a very loose contour drawing in ink and turned out to be more complicated than I thought. I completed the drawing from life and included the many sections of details as I worked.

Sometimes I like to begin doing a blind contour drawing, in which you keep your eyes on the object you’re drawing and not on the paper. This leads to many lyrical and bold shapes. I used the modified version of the contour drawing, as I wanted the trumpet to be factual for this design. The drawing took me longer to complete too, because of the details. I felt these shapes described the instrument well.

This finished collage is actually the second one I did because the first beginnings were not to my liking. This sometimes happens when an artist does not limit the colors or ¬†for some reason gets off to a bad start. In limiting the colors to a warm yellow, cadmium red, teal and grays, this strengthens the design and unifies the shapes. It also contributes to the harmony of the composition — definitely one of my goals!

I began cutting the main shapes and simplifying them, laying the shapes loosely on my support. One of the reasons I love this medium, eliminating details and concentrating on the big shapes. The bell-like shapes adds repetition to the design and viewer can discern the simple shapes easily from a distance. There is also the repetition of the graceful, curving shapes of the trumpet. I decided to add some sheet music for accents, without interrupting the vertical design. The teal and indigo values complement the reds. I feel this is a successful design.

I did not do a preliminary thumbnail, just the sketch in the beginning. My usual plan is to work freely without confining myself to a specific drawing and allowing wonderful things to happen along the way. The end result is a pleasant surprise.

Posted in Stunning Still Lifes on February 15, 2017.

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