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