On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Monday, June 16, 2008

When life gives you onions, paint them!

I've decided to give up on journaling for the moment and go back to what I want a lot more - learning how to draw and paint.

I recently came across several books on botanical drawing and want to focus on that this summer. Bente Starcke King has a wonderful instructional book, BOTANICAL ART TECHNIQUES, and teaches color mixing through the layering method. My onion doesn't look like hers, but at least I can tell it's an onion and am starting to understand how only two colors can do the work of an entire palette!

13 comments:

  1. my first thought was: wow, what a great looking onion. Keep on going!!

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  2. I love the light tones of blue grey in this...lovely-(hmmm...I never ever thought I would say that about an onion!) LOL :)

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  3. This looks fantastic! It is amazing, and often surprising, what only 2 colors can do. I am learning that now too!

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  4. That's a very nice onion, Barbara!
    I drew on recently and my husband said it looked like a pumpkin...sigh......

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  5. I recognized where the picture came from right away! I think you did a great job :)

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  6. what a perfect onion...terrific job...

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  7. Really nice job, Barbara!
    Lisa

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  8. Great onion! Keep painting :)

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  9. I'd say it sure looks like an onion! Nice work. And on such a limited palette too.

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  10. Nice job!! It's so luminous, just like a nice onion should be!!

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  11. It's a great onion!

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  12. quite a lovely job! I like the light touch of the colors!

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  13. Barbara, this is wonderful! Great layering, nice subtle colors. And the drawing of the onion itself is excellent!

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