Friday, 23 September 2011

Inspiration Avenue - Keys

The Inspiration Avenue Challenge this week was just about perfect for me as it was "Keys" and last month I spent quite a bit of time drawing keys in preparation for my piece for the Monthly Painters Challenge Topic which was "Safe". I had found quite a few keys that I loved and the shapes on the antique keys especially were just amazing, so this week's IA Challenge gave me a chance to revisit them. 
Whenever I think of keys I always think of my friend Nat who collects keys and has the most amazing box of them in all their shapes and sizes. It has taken her years to collect them and they are often the start of rich projects in her classroom, but I have never really drawn them or looked at them until the last month and while it was great and I really enjoyed it, after a few weeks of them I am now a little keyed out. 
I wanted to do looser drawings and paintings than I had done in Safe and couldn't decide which keys I loved best, so I did two works instead and that way I got to do paintings with all my favourite keys in them. I approached it as a loose gestural sort of project, and while I still wanted to get the solidity and three dimensionality, I wanted them to be a bit less refined and the brush and pen strokes to reflect the ornateness of the keys. I had done so much sketching at the beginning of the monthly challenge it was quite easy to get the shapes in place and they were incredibly quick to complete which is a great example of how practice makes perfect, and how being familiar with your subject makes the finished work easier and quicker to complete.
Head over the the Inspiration Avenue Challenge page, the button is on the side of this blog, and have a look at all the amazing work that is being done. While you are there also have a look at Artists in Blogland or the Art Blog Hop - buttons on side also... there are so many amazing and inspirational art blogs being made. Makes you love the internet doesn't it and you will be so happy you made the time! Happy Painting everyone.xx

28 comments:

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Wow Tracey! These are simply incredible. Very, very impressive paintings. Really loved both of these.

PetraB said...

Wonerful drawings, they are amazing.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I love old keys & these are Gorgeous! They have a Victorian feel to me.

Tracey Fletcher King said...

Thanks for the feedback... such a nice way to start the weekend. It was a great topic!

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Beautiful drawing. I don't usually add items into my paintings but recently I've had this urge to incorporate an old key in one. Guess I'll have to start hunting.

New End Studio said...

Your key drawings made me wonder about the doors they opened and the families inside, these are beautiful keys, maybe they opened jewelery boxes, or crypts, or secret passageways to amazing spaces.

Tracey Fletcher King said...

I had forgotten about keys and jewellery boxes... and crypts... maybe I'm not as over keys as I thought. Welcome to my new visitors and thanks to my generous commenters... if that isn't a word it is now!

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

Great keys! I really like the effect you've achieved with the background.
Stay inspired!

Joni Nickrent said...

Oh, I love old keys and you've captured the charm and antique feel perfectly! Love it! Happy Show and Tell Saturday! POP ART MINIS

linda said...

Wow, these are so beautiful and have so much charm.

Terrie said...

Truly fabulous - I love the drawings, the sketchy feel to them yet also almost romantic.

alteredbits said...

hello tracey,

your keys are magnificent! just wonderful! keys are one of my favorite things to use in art and these are perfection.

alicia

Tracey Fletcher King said...

Thanks so much ladies. Your comments are all so appreciated xx

Felicia Kramer said...

This is lovely. Love the composition and subtle coloring. Nicely done ...

bluegiraffe (Sherry) said...

These are absolutely gorgeous! I loved reading about your creative process too.

artangel said...

Your keys are beautiful Tracey! I think you've done a great job at keeping the paintings loose, and that compliments the ornate style and femininity of your subject :)

Magpie said...

Aren't old keys gorgeous? I love the way you have drawn these...the keys seem to shimmer and move! Just lovely!

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

I agree with all of the above- you've taken a subject that was beautiful to begin with and really celebrated it with these gorgeous paintings- incredibly lovely work!

bohemiannie! art said...

awesome keys!

dthaase said...

awesome

bohemiannie! art said...

Hi Tracey! Thanks for the comment on my blog! I didn't label my picture more specifically because I couldn't remember if it was Venice Beach...or Cape Coral!!! It was taken awhile back. :)

Fallingladies said...

oh, these are so wonderful, I have a box of old keyes, makes me want to get them out and sketch them, just not enough time in the day to paint all I want to paint!

NatashaMay said...

Love these shapes! Keys were so beautiful in the old days. :) Great drawings of them. :)

Wax Beach Artist said...

These are great! I love your drawing style, precision yet loose!

craftydvl said...

This is very Victorian, and your beautiful keys make me wish mine looked like that! It would be so romantic if apartment, car, house, or any kind of key had such intricate metalwork these days-- intricacies your piece captured well. Congrats! :-)

Sparkleblue Faery said...

I love these keys- like your friend, I am fascinated by keys. I would collect them if I came across enough of them! I can see why it has taken her so long to amass such a collection. They are hard to find! These are beautiful drawings. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment!
Peace,
Karis

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Yes i love it that we are able to see artist's works, wip, desks, studios, etc. So much inspiration! And I don't even have to dress up or leave my bed! Love your take on keys! Practice makes perfect indeed! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Evelyn said...

I've never actually thought about keys (except when I locked myself out of the house a few days ago), but those are nice ones. Love both pieces of work.