Animals and birds would come and go quickly, so we used our quick-draw skills from those 10 second, and 20-second figure drawing practices. If you can draw slow, you can draw fast (TY TwoSet Violin). Some half finished sketches were finished on the second or third try (TY John Muir Laws), and we had a peaceful time studying nature. I think it would be worth going back for a larger more careful painting.
Let me know if you take a Webcam taxi somewhere. I will most likely visit there too.
This week we are studying textures, beginning with waves like water. We are studying background colors and patterns (blurred-wet in wet) and foreground colors and patterns (sharp-wet on dry or drybrush).
We also are making comparisons to: cloth – hair – woodgrain.
We are still using free stock photos for quick-draw figure drawing. Today we searched pexels.com for ‘soccer’. These are mine with the reference photo. 20-seconds sharpie sketch, a couple minutes to add color. Be kind. We are learning new things.
For photo reference resources, I got a ton of ideas from The Frugal Crafter – Lindsay Werich. She’s awesome!
It has been a busy week, getting students through a few big concepts before spring vacation, starting a new zoom artclub, and buying property for the future art retreat.
Being one who tends to overdo, I have been using a timer to tell me when to stop. Sketch and painting all under 5. I don’t think I hit the proportions perfectly, but that’s what happens when trying new things — it takes a bit of practice to integrate.
Describe what it is. Example: I made a watercolor painting of six birds on a curved branch that I started three days ago and finished today.The style is pop art. (Everyday things simplified and outlined with exaggerated color).
Analyze the elements and principles of the composition. This art uses shapes, colors, and lines. The leaves are just simple shapes outlined with a contrasting orange color to the green background. The birds have more color and details than the simple background. There are a lot of curved lines.
Interpret the feelings and meanings. I wanted it to look like the birds were hungry, but they didn’t want the berries hanging on the branch. The mother bird got a bug for them. Two fat birds probably ate berries. One is full and not interested, but the other one that had berries is always hungry and might want to try some bugs too.
Judge the successes of the piece. I like that the smooth background emphasizes the birds. When I was almost done the edges all looked a tiny bit fuzzy because I used wet cellulose paper, so I outlined the leaves, berries and branches with an orange woodless pencil. I accented some of the birds and branch with a permanent brush marker. This made it look more finished with some contrast and clean edges. I like it much better.
My house is still (so still) waiting closure at the bank. Covid panic dropped my home value in Florida, and raised prices where I might hope to buy or build an art retreat, someday.
On the upside, I am teaching art online to middle and high school every weekday and to my adult students every Saturday. I love my art friends, and they teach me a lot! The kids have a set curriculum, but we adults are practicing portraiture in watercolors. Last year we kept it simple with pen and ink avatars, exploring proportions and mixing skin tones. This year we are adding in sculpting 3d forms with shading.
We play a “Spot the Differences” game to critique why the paintings do or don’t look like the inspiration photographs. We grow when we begin learning things we did not know before. God bless us all.
I am visiting a 200 yr old mountaintop farmhouse this weekend. Photos just are not uploading today, but it is so peaceful here!I am visiting a 200 yr old mountaintop farmhouse this weekend. Photos just are not uploading today, but it is so peaceful here!