Magic Stuff, Silly Stuff, and Shiny Stuff!

May 19, 2011 | By | 10 Replies More

Three Jars May 2011

This is the first sketch of an idea and it turned out the best. That seems to happen a lot for me. The sketch, even if it’s very rough, is often more interesting than a more refined version.

It’s a pencil drawing with three colors of Prismacolor colored pencils laid in for the value and color mapping. I used an ellipse template for the labels and hand lettered them. You can see where the colored pencils don’t quite line up with the graphite. Oh well, I like this one, so here it is.

In this little vignette, the magic stuff is in the smallest container because it’s magic and doesn’t have to be large to be powerful. The silly stuff is in the largest bottle because silly things are overblown and too big for their britches. The shiny stuff is in the middle because it’s just right. Also, it’s the one closest to the front and I wanted it to be the most important. Because we all know shiny stuff is the most important stuff, right?

I’ll be dipping into these jars and sharing what I find with you in all the different sections of the new Shiny Designs. Why don’t you come along for the magic?

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Category: Drawing, Painting

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  1. Lol, I thought the silly stuff was in the largest jar because we humans need so much of it to overcome our natural inclination to find life too difficult. I like your picture. How large is it?

    • Monette Satterfield says:

      That’s a good reason too 🙂

      Thanks for looking and sorry I forgot the dimensions – it’s small 5×7. Maybe that’s one reason the painting didn’t start well…

      It’s an idea that’s been in my head for awhile now. Maybe I’ll come back to it later and see what I can do with a watercolor version sometime.

      I LOVE your journal pages on your blog – they’re great! The Lollipup dog in particular has a wonderful feel: very “doggy” in a good way 🙂

  2. Carole Moran says:

    This happens to me a lot. In fact, so many things have turned out other than what I was first trying to do that I have given up on attempting to structure and let the art flow and speak for itself.

    Your example is beautiful. I love the colors and the way it speaks to me.

    • Monette Satterfield says:

      Hi Carole and thanks so much for the kind words, I really appreciate it 🙂

      I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one with this sketch vs final issue. It doesn’t happen all the time but just often enough to be frustrating. I have found that going from a sketch to a drawing seems to be smoother than going from a sketch to a painting. That’s why I often don’t sketch before starting a watercolor – I just jump in and paint!

      BTW, I popped over to your blog and the colors in your oils are so lovely and rich! I can definitely see your color style in there-good job!

  3. Carolyn says:

    I’m impressed that you were able to corral your stuff so that it’s readily available instead of hiding in corners or floating just out of reach. 🙂

    • Monette Satterfield says:

      Well, it was difficult to get a hold of the magic stuff 🙂
      But, there’s shiny stuff all over so that made up for it LOL

      Thanks for the note!

  4. Shanna Mann says:

    Ha! I second Carolyn. I keep looking for magic stuff under leaves and toadstools. To think how much more business-like I could be about my magic if it was in a jar on my shelf!

    • Monette Satterfield says:

      Hi Shanna!

      That’s my secret weapon – the magic stuff is right at hand. The best part is that it keeps re-filling itself, because it is magic after all 🙂

  5. Alex Tan says:

    Lovely! Nicely drawn, and I really like the colors =)

    • Monette Satterfield says:

      Hi Alex! It’s always nice for you to stop by 🙂

      Thanks for looking and your kind comment. Speaking of colors – I love those color “halos” in your Black Eyed Peas sketch on your blog. They really show off the B/W sketch beautifully.

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