Watercolour 5

Sunday morning used to be my favourite running time but with my ever so boring injury I’ve had to find something else to occupy my Sunday.

This morning painting (and sketching) were my activities of choice. I’ll come back to the sketching in a while, but today’s watercolour is an example from my Matthew Palmer book.

Matthew uses this to explain how to create a watercolour from a photograph. First he does a pencil drawing of how he wants the painting to look, changing things from the photograph such as bringing a feature forward for more impact. Then he paints it adding a few touches for realism.

Line drawing and finished watercolour from the book

I followed this process and first drew a pencil outline.

Then painted it…

My other art activity for this weekend was prompted by the books I borrowed from the library which advise the novice to simply draw based on overall feature shapes without spending too mych time on the detail.  By moving quickly we can capture the essence of a scene in minutes, finer detail can be added in later.

It’s not the greatest photo as I used pale colours so there’s not much contrast. ¬†However, the purpose of sketching practice is just that, to practice.

Practice capturing a scene, practice drawing various objects, landscapes, people.
I’m not an artist, I can’t draw, all I can do is learn and improve.

Based on the view from my window

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Hi, I'm Karen, creator of blueskydays365.com which is home to my poetry, art and general ramblings. I am the author two collections of poetry, 'Kaleidoscopic Beauty' & 'I am the Stars in the Sky', and the children's book 'All That Glitters' (not yet published). I also enjoy running.

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