A New Series For September

September 28, 2010

September was a month of fun and travel. Between climbing mountains, a family road trip to South Dakota and a weekend trip to run the Chicago half-marathon, I managed to complete a rendition of a Zimbabwean stone sculpture located in Cape Town’s Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. I took a series of photographs of similar stone pieces that are scattered throughout South Africa’s haven of flowers. Table Mountain and its wispy tablecloth of cloud fill the background. I struggled to maintain the value structure in this piece, and it was tough to capture the three-dimensional subjects’ facial features without them appearing too angular. I think I will keep this painting because I like the end-product and color selection of the African piece.

I have recently been working to reproduce a painting of a pastel drawing that I completed while visiting the Badlands of South Dakota. I took my set of pastels with me and spent one morning capturing several different views of the unusual rock formations decorating the canyon. This is the first of a series of three that I will attempt. I anticipate the next two will be more challenging to reproduce because my pastel drawings are not as good as my first drawing.  A successful drawing results in a successful painting… (I hope!)

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2 Responses to “A New Series For September”


  1. 1 Match September 28, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Nicki,
    I think you really captured the Kirstenbosch sculptures well. I like the way you got the textures in the sculptures as well as the background.


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