Sketching is such a foundational skill, but I have been lazy about creating good sketches for my painting. Today I have not picked up a brush, but I spent some time sketching photos I would like to paint. I have an absolute fear of doing a quarter sheet watercolor these days. It has been so long since I attempted one. I have spent months painting only in a small sketchbook, or postcard size, or even trading card size.
So now I have sketches for an abandoned chapel in a fairly large format, a smaller outdoor scene that looks like the source photo was from somewhere in Greece, and you can’t see it on the small Fabriano block, but it’s a western scene that is probably from Arizona and New Mexico.
I also worked on my colored pencil class. I should not have traced out the reference line drawing as it has made these trees get off to a very confusing start. I have a whole fistful of green pencils, but it seems that in every one of these classes, I don’t have the shades that the teacher is using. Hopefully this can be addressed somewhat with the final watercolor washes. I did the first class samples on cheap cold press watercolor paper, but this one is on the recommended Stonehenge Hot Press.
I have seen some inspiring posts around the blogs today.
Smitha painted a beautiful large scene for a friend. Which reminds me I wanted to do a gouache painting of one of her recent travel photos. I should add that to my sketch list.
It seems that even great watercolorists like John Haywood have their struggles. A lot of good takeaways from his assessment of a painting gone wrong, along with a view of another beautiful painting gone right.
David Tripp is weathering the storm and sharing good thoughts on the creative process as usual.
I love the way Judith approaches her art in a studious way–it yields great results. Get ready for spring with her post today about greens. I had been thinking this morning that perhaps it’s best to limit a palette to a selection of yellows and blues, and then build your greens from there, with a touch of payne’s gray. I think not, when I look at this old color chart I made. I got lots of additional greens from blending tube greens with my primaries.
Come quickly, greens of spring! We miss you.