One of those days when you think "why did I not bring my rain trousers and my big umbrella?". But then the rain skirts around and you're delighted you didn't burden yourself with all these extra things to carry!! Apparently it was lashing in town. And the clouds behind me were definitely ominous. But I only had to hold my small umbrella up for the first sketch! And the sky was just amazing, constantly changing. There wasn't much to sketch, if you're into architecture or people. But I love big skies. So I was happy.
Thursday, August 13, 2020
What can I say. I like the studies I did better than the painting itself. It's like the sum of the parts is lesser than each individual element! I like the colours, I like the composition, I like the value contrast (although maybe it's too much middle-tone, not enough light values, and the darks not dark enough?), I like the roof, I like the shadows, I like the lobster pots, I like the ropes, I even like the water. But I don't like the overall painting. I would say food for thought, except no immediate thoughts on how to remedy this come to mind!! It might just be that boats don't really interest me. But I felt that I had to paint one, because it was a challenge. Also, part of me thinks that this boat doesn't look right in the water, it's like it's top heavy. But I've checked online and lobster boats come in all shapes and sizes. So, any and all constructive feedback is welcome!! But I don't think I'll be painting another boat for a while!!
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
I was really inspired by an article by Lis Watkins on the Urban Sketchers website. She has a wonderful shorthand for trees, which I've shamelessly copied here. Still not a patch on her wonderful work, though.
So I worked from a photo a what I thought was a jacaranda tree in Ardgillan castle. But the leaves are big as hands, and look nothing like what I found on the internet. And my sketch is not exactly botanical art, so we'll just call it a big green tree!
The first one is all in watercolours