December 08, 2017

December 01, 2017

A still life technique in watercolor...

Still life with done for students starting with the negative spaces (back ground), saving shapes of subjects. Before it dries, let the background color come in and make the first layers of shadow shapes while blurring contours on subjects (the pot and leaves). We can speed down and lay the colors on objects and if needed reinforce shadows, colors again or even background when dry. Make the main point of interest more obvious by adding contrast in color and contours. (This was a fast demo to get a loose feel of execution and result, the irregular background can be avoided if painting more carefully paying attention to quantity of color, water and paper humidity.) My students tend to be cautious and stiff while painting, this way of painting can help to loosen things up.
Below is the same kind in blue, monochrome still, also done  in class a few sessions earlier. Great results and visual effect can be obtained with this exercice and when done without drawing you get the most out of it. Good luck !

November 28, 2017

Two versions of Lemons with leaves...

Hello, I'm not very updated on my blog, compared to Instagram where it's so much easier to show latest news, so to catch up here are two studies done of lemons with their leaves. They are done a few weeks ago and painted after slow drawing sessions from observation so too loosen up I painted without drawing and fast when putting first washes down, when that is dry I tend to slow down a little when adding shadows with second and third layers, but I still have the feeling of the first washes. You can also stay with only one go and one layer of course.
I recommend anyone to paint directly or draw directly with a ballpoint pen or any material that takes away the security when painting. You won't be afraid to mess up your paintings when getting used to it. Just paint no pain !

(50x32cm, paper is white, sorry for bad pictures!)

November 25, 2017

Still life "Grapes in white bowl"...

What I prefer in this still life is the little unrealistic graphic result, also when just a part stands out with details and light.

November 10, 2017

Back to figure drawing...

Tried out a new session of figure drawing yesterday I really hope I'll manage to go there regularly, that it will be a possibility that at lasts for a while. It's so healthy for any drawing which get so rusty and awkward without it. Looking forward next time already.

October 23, 2017

October 04, 2017

"Warm up page" in Moleskine...

Got of the track again last two weeks, still messy in my head and today I tried desperately to find peace with small work in my Moleskine. A god way to warm up.

September 26, 2017

Moleskine page...

I was in such a good shape to work ten days ago it was smooth and easy, then a phone call changed the following week and no time left to work... now another serious trouble came up, with a complicated period emotion wise but through which I hope I will stay strong and able to work anyway. It's the only way to get things done. Stay strong and focused, get other things out of our head. Here is a little doodle sketch in my sketchbook, no drawing just painting is the best advice I could get those who want to loosen up there sketches.