Lisa provided us with a great photo for class. Lots of opportunity for texture and values. A lot was done wet in wet which gives you a bit more time to create the foreground effects. Pretty happy with this although I might just tweak the foreground values a little tomorrow to create more of a lead in.
A little tough this one and we battled through it in class. The aim was to break down a pretty complex scene into large areas of similar value to create a good value design but keeping it representational.
For anyone interested there’s a video of the final stages.
In classes it’s buildings for both sessions. First a castle (above) and then Marlborough Baptist Church. For all the gory detail see the video below.
This week’s johannes Vloothuis workshop was watercolor and as such it was easier than last week’s one. Some interesting stuff with credit cards used to scrape out rocks. I approached this with gusto and although a little lacking in finesse it has a certain charm.
Blue background yes or no? I’m thinking no.
Wasn’t really feeling it for this one. Let’s hope I can pull something out of the bag for tomorrow’s class. In any case it was good practice for value studies.
There hasn’t been much fun in anything lately and that includes painting. We’re trying to get some online classes going which is turning out to be somewhat annoying but we’ll iron out the wrinkles I’m sure. I couldn’t muster up much interest in thinking about anything so I just painted freely without much thought.
Came out pretty well I thought.
Eilean Donan Castle. Michele Clamp. Watercolor. 11”x14”
Always a favorite. There isn’t a view of this that isn’t worth painting. I especially loved the warm ochres of the castle contrasting with the blues of the sky and water.
I’ve also included a shot of my preliminary color swatches. I match the important areas to the Munsell system and practice hitting the right hue, value, and chroma. I can always tell if the color palette will result in a harmonious picture from the result. Definitely looked good for this one.
This is one plucked from the ‘I’d like to paint this someday’ pile. The light is somewhat overcast which gives the colors a muted quality which I like.
Another go at this with a different composition and more muted colors.