Painting the inkwell, the books, the ribbon and violin
The inkwell has remained a challenge. I inherited my grandmother's brass double inkwell stand, but it is way too big to put in this painting. But it inspired me to incorporate the filigree design on the shape. Rather than make it brass, I made it look like silver with a gold neck. Actually I think it looks OK. I'm really not in the business of designing inkwells, but I do what I have to do.
Continuing on with the details on the books, I suggested the lettering and decoration on the spines. I added the ribbon bookmark which breaks up the awkward rectangular shape of the pages. It also serves as a directional shape, pointing the eye back to the inkwell from the paint tubes.
I am still undecided about what form that third paint tube will take. Painting the the scroll and pegs on the neck of the violin was really fun.