Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Another Miniature Silverpoint, "Bright-eyed and Bushy-tailed"

Bright-eyed and Bushy-tailed © Barbara A. Freeman, 2 7/8" x 3 7/8"
Silverpoint on Prepared Art board

After I finished my last miniature in silverpoint with the tree and rabbit, I decided to do the rabbit again, only as a single subject. The challenge was how to do a white rabbit in silverpoint. In the previous work, the rabbit was surrounded by the grasses and tree, so they helped form his white body. In this one I drew the outline along the top areas and the grasses helped define the bottom area of him. The ears were fun to do and I loved doing his eye. I added some acrylic color to the eye and used that same color in the mushroom ring around him. There is a hint of color on the nose and in the ears. I don't think this is the last rabbit I'll do. I have some more ideas for him. I would like to get some photos of the other side of his face where he has some larger spots.

My posts may be a bit spotty as the April deadlines approach. I have four shows I'm am preparing for, but once the work is packed up and shipped or delivered, I'll have more time. I'll be deciding which work to send to which show and will post all that information shortly after it's decided. I'll also have more time to visit all my blogger friends and see the fabulous work you are all doing! As always, thank you for taking the time to read this and look at my work.


Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Beautiful Barbara, and I love the hint of colour. A gorgeous mini, just in time for Easter!

storybookstudio said...

Oh Barbara---the expression is wonderful and I love the mushroom ring--yes you have the rabbit look down!

Barbara A. Freeman said...

Thanks Karen and Janie.

AutumnLeaves said...

I am just dying to see these pieces in which you've added color aged. I just think they are going to be even more gorgeous! I think my favorite part of this painting is the mushrooms! Not sure why, but they are the perfect and oh so tiny detail that just draws me into the painting. Great work, Barbara!

Barbara A. Freeman said...

Thanks Sherry. It will be interesting to see what happens with the color next to the aging silverpoint. I know other silverpoint artists have used color in their work, but like mine, you only see it from the photo probably taken when newly finished. All my earlier silverpoint works don't have color on them, so I can't compare. I'll just have to wait and see.

I liked the mushrooms too. In some of the photos taken of the rabbit, there are mushrooms in the grasses. They are always popping up around here, of course.