No sketches of people at the market or Starbucks. Although I visited both locations. This week something new! I will have to admit some weeks I start to question what I am sketching. It just happens for a moment and is usually when I introduce a new concept into my work. While I enjoy my loose style of sketching people. I am still searching for my style in watercolor painting. It makes sense it should also be somewhat loose.
I like the work of Tracey Fletcher and her workshop Delicious Paint. Layering my colors works sometimes for me. I also like the painting style of various urban sketchers Liz Steel, Marc Taro Holmes, Shari Blaukopf, Suhita Shirodkar and lately Anne-Laure Jacquart. The last artist introduced me to the work of Jean Haines.
I have struggled with watercolor blooms! Trying not get to them. This week I have been practicing to create them. Finally a loose form of watercolor painting can be found in Jean Haines’ Atmospheric Watercolors. My goal now is to introduce some components of this loose style of painting into my sketches. I know it can be done! (I am sorry the scan of her book is not straight!!)
Here are some of my watercolor washes. Jean Haines recommends doing three each morning. I manage 1 or 2 a day every other day. I still go the the market, Starbucks and Life Drawing each week. Plus add sailing to the mix! It is somewhat of a juggling act.
I study these washes. Some I see things and I will eventually go back to them to paint a loose form of what I am seeing. I sure wish I had noted what colors were used! It is a different way of painting. I am not working with a limited palette and mixing my colors. Although I can see color theory coming into this style of painting. It is easy to mix mud if you are not too careful!
Life Drawing Update: I have attended the class for just on four weeks. I could not work on newsprint as suggested nor graphite or charcoal. I have settled on working with a brush pen and colored pencil on sketchbook paper. I am hoping to bring watercolor into the mix at some stage. When we have a long pose I can finish in 5 minutes! That leaves me to drawing the same pose a couple of times with a different tool. Something I don’t mind doing. When I get tired I start drawing the other artists. It is a good deal as no one is going to get up and leave!
I was going to post a sketch from life drawing. I have noted some artists give a warning. Maybe I need to create a separate page. I am certainly open to any ideas!
Here are my materials!
Washes: Arches color press paper with Daniel Smith paints.
Life Drawing: 90lb sketchbook paper and Kuretake Sumi Brush Pen.