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January 10, 2015


I don't know that it's the vase and holly so much as the color of the keys against the cover. It seems as though they make the cover recede and the book has become less important to the drawing. I have the book in audio but haven't gotten around to it. You are the second person to bring it up. I think it may have to jump to the front of the queue.

You've added wash shadows to the coloured one, which I find pleasing. Also, a bit of colour suits the lightheartedness of the subject. There are many different ways you could do this drawing. One I imagined was the tablecloth the only colour, or just monochrome washes. Fun. (I guess the thing to avoid is treating a pen drawing like a child's colouring book.)

I like the colors.

I like the color version better. The keys are a nice touch. You know the book is not yet read but promises illumination. And the pitcher and red berries are so pretty.

Thanks for your comment, Elaine. I think you're right about the effect of the warm/cool colors. And will let you know how the book goes - please tell me if you start listening to it.

Yes, Andrea, you're right: there are so many ways to go!

Thanks, Sharyn.

Hattie, I never thought about that subliminal message of the keys -- you are sharp! thanks for the observation.

Personally, I'm really fond of black and whites with just a touch of color. I've been working for years with Photoshop to attain that effect. Of course, years later I still haven't managed to find the right balance.

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