Thursday, February 19, 2009

Rusty Scissors

Latest in the series of "ordinary objects." The bits of black on the handles were supposed to be remnants of black enamel paint, but I think the matte finish of the black is too flat and thus doesn't suggest the depth and shine of a black enamel. Perhaps an overpainting of acrylic would have remedied this. Alas, something to remember for the future. 5" x 7" watercolor, pen & ink, brush & ink, on Fabriano cold-pressed, 140 lb. paper.

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5 comments:

Barbara said...

See, now, I remember these 'old red-handled scissors' (that's exactly how we referred to them!) whose handles had simply lost their luster over the years. In other words, I don't think the flat black is a problem.

One Wink at a Time said...

Maybe just a tad, and a wee one at that. But otherwise, I think it's a spectacular depiction. And a great subject. I'm thinking there should be some groanful pun lurking here about how the useful but often over-looked value of the things but my brain is working on a deficit today...

One Wink at a Time said...

maybe you could edit the "how" out of that awkward sentence... Nah, leave it. Proves my point about the deficit...

Aquarellalain said...

motif simple, sobre, suffit d'y penser bravo pour les effets de rouille...
je ne pense pas que ce genre de motif soit tendance en France

Anonymous said...

I think the enamel looks right for old, rusty scissors where the enamel has been dulled by dirt and the accumulation of oils from being used.