Sunday, 29 April 2012
That really was the start of my improvements, he gave me some tools and tips to progress which had never happened before despite having been to lessons for years!!! He was the person who explained why cauliflowers happened... no-one had ever explained that before and therein lies a fault of many art teachers.... they seem to assume an awful lot and don't seem to inform their students of some basic skills especially in watercolour. Note to self for when I do my workshops!!!!! I had also never had a tutor demonstrate anything and that was a real drawback as I am a visual learner!!
My efforts on the trip were nothing short of appalling but I still have them and to this day look back on them with terrific memories. There were two other painters on the trip, a gentleman from Switzerland and another lady from England who were all brilliant company. This is a painting which I did shortly after we came back and at the time I was rather pleased with it. I am glad to say I have moved on since then!!
Finally this was another I did some time after we came home and again it showed some improvement... I took photos of all the views we did on site so that I could come back and compare my efforts as it was my intention to do them again. Am really too embarrassed to post what I did there and Robert was so complimentary and encouraging!!! I will send him a link to this as I think he might be pleased with his wayward student!!!
Friday, 27 April 2012
These planets are an example of what I do, I have pages and pages of these which I can then come back to when I want to see what colours will work well for a particular piece of work...don't worry, I won't bore you with them all!!!!! These have 3 colours mixed, I do tend to use transparent paint but I still don't get mud even with opaques or semi opaques. The secret is not to fiddle with it, to let the paint and water do the work on the paper
You can try this with any colours and you will be amazed how many beautiful combinations and effects you can get with colours that would be so dull and uninteresting if you tried mixing them together in the palette.
Give it a go and you will find your work will move on to a different level!!!
Ps if you double click on the images you will be can see the colours used
Monday, 23 April 2012
Jean offered one or two challenges on her own blog last year and I was lucky enough to have been chosen as her favourite for this one... this is the link
I was gobsmacked to be featured, this was one of my first attempts at the painting and as sometimes happens I ended up doing umpty million and still liked the first one best.... I don't seem to learn from my mistakes and most of the ones I like seem to be happy accidents!!!! Anyway as you can imagine was thrilled to bits that Jean liked this enough to choose as her favourite.
Check out the rest of her blogs if you really want to see some fantastic watercolour work