Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Master lock



Aaaahh... and sometimes the art gods are kind. I thought this was going to be really hard, because it's a "mechanical" object and therefore more precision would be required than for, e.g., a piece of fruit. But it turned out to be surprisingly easy and fun to do. My favorite parts are the U-shape of the metal in front, and also the little loop in the shadow in the very back--which is the shadow of the key that's in the lock.


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13 comments:

Casey Klahn said...

Very compelling!

Dewberry Fine Art said...

Who would thought a lock could be such a beautiful subject. I agree , very compelling.

Loriann Signori said...

There you go again Jala, making an everyday object beautiful!!!!! WOW!

brian eppley said...

Bravo, you are firing on all cylinders with this one. Happy to see the Gods are agreeing with you. I don't think they ever left!

Michael Williams said...

i don't see the key

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Jala, I love how you rendered that silver hook at the bottom. That's where my eye goes in this wonderful painting.

Karen said...

It LOOKS like you made it with ease. How cool! Wonderful composition, wonderful reflections!!

Jala Pfaff said...

Thank you Casey, Dori, Loriann, Brian!!

Michael - No, in this position you can't see the key, but that's why its shadow (the little loop) is so fun.

Janelle - Cool, that's where I wanted the viewer's eye to stay longest!

Karen - Thank you!

Laurel Daniel said...

You nailed this little mechanical gadget. I LOVE the spot of blue and those fabulous silver highlights.

Kathleen Weber said...

Just goes to show, good paintings can make even the most mundane things look beautiful!

jean neely said...

Great composition. After looking at it for a while I noticed on the U shaped loop at the front, there is a little flesh colored reflection. Is it you? A wonderful little surprise.

Jala Pfaff said...

Laurel, Kathleen, Jean - Thanks very much! Jean, that's hilarious--I painted it because I saw it, but I never thought about what it might be! It must be either me or the easel or both...how funny.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Your work is very strong! Nice one.