291 Freeing Up

This week I discovered Mile Svob’s super 20 minute painting tutorials on YouTube, called Create Paintings You Love. He demonstrates by using big brushes, bold shapes and not stressing the details in order to loosen up and paint more freely.

Mike demonstrates 5 different principles – Tone/Value, Shape, Colour, Edges and abstraction, and different methods in each lesson. After watching the first one I was itching to start. And keeping with my personal challenge this year to use up existing or rarely used supplies I dragged out my old acrylic paints, gessoed over some failed watercolours and I was set to go.

Lesson 1 Value – Using a light and a dark plus white. I struggled a bit with this one but it really made me think about the tonal or value patterns in the design.

Lesson 2 – Shapes. This was painted from Mikes photo so I didn’t have to think too much about the composition. A great lesson in simplification.

Lesson 3 – Colour. A lesson in using contrasts in hue and intensity.

Lesson 4 – Edges. Seeing where to have hard edges in the clouds as opposed to lost edges, how to blend and soften.

Lesson 5 – Abstraction. A really fun exercise with no boundaries or direction. Abstraction has always intrigued me so it was liberating to paint with no idea where or how this would end up.

I could have continued working on this one for ages, adding and subtracting, just playing with colours and shapes.

I really enjoyed these tutorials. It was a great challenge trying to do them in 20 minutes. I probably went a couple of minutes over on some but it forced me to not stress the details. If you like the look of these sign up with the link above. Mike is doing another mini online painting course starting 24 January.

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289 New Year Resolution

Nope! I’m rubbish at resolutions, always starting off well but inevitably fall in a heap after a while. So instead for the new year I’m doing a personal challenge, that is to do more fun stuff…… and hopefully blog more regularly.

2018 saw me become involved in exhibiting my work both in Riverfront Gallery, Denmark and Southern Art and Craft Trail. As an exhibitor in a gallery the main object is to sell work, and with the economic climate and increased competition, sales are hard to come by. I feel that I’m constantly trying to paint what the buyer may want,so it becomes work rather than pleasure.

So I’m resolving now to just play and experiment, and use some of those art supplies bought on a whim and promptly ignored. An added motivation to do this was the opportunity to participate in a rerun of Liz Steel’s Sketching Foundations course which I completed in 2015. Liz reopened this course for past participants, and new students this week, so I’m hoping this will reinvigorate my love of sketching. I’d also like to get more proficient at painting directly with a waterbrush.

Here’s my start, my most used sketching tools in a half used page in a Canson Montval journal. Hey, I’m using up stuff and not buying new!

The pencil was sketched with the watercolour pencil, and blended with a waterbrush. Side swatches show a blending of colours, dry pencil at the top and blended with a waterbrush at the bottom.

The mechanical pencil was sketched with pencil with watercolour wash over.

Uniball pen and palette were sketched directly with a waterbrush, using my mini limited palette of a favourite triad – yellow, magenta (Permanent rose) and cyan (Pthalo Blue) with extras – Quinacridone gold, Raw sienna, Burnt sienna, Ultramarine blue and Indigo.

I’m starting with minimal tools but I hope to use all my arsenal of art supplies over the 12 week course.

I will also post other work during the course but I hope I can keep up my fun sketching as well.

132 SKN 3 & 4 Horse and carriage

I have been neglecting the blog lately. Life just gets in the way sometimes.

But I have been busy, journal making and sketching. I’m really enjoying Liz Steel’s online Sketching class and through her very comprehensive postings and videos I’m getting a lot out of it.

Below is a sketch from Lesson 4. Constucting volumes and how to see through shapes. A stack of books is a good example on  how to do this.4b Lesson 5 – Measured set – up. I found this approach a little painstaking and because I measured so carefully found that I became even tighter with my work. But it’s all good learning and a way of trying different approaches that I wouldn’t do normally. DSCF4137After doing these exercises I had  a go at a fairly complicated photo reference from WetCanvas 2 hour Weekend Drawing Challenge. I was happy that I could simplify the image and the volumes exercise certainly helped me with the shapes.   DSCF4128