My confidence is growing; I am dropping into my best drawing habits from my teens and twenties. While sketching my favorite coffee cup, I realized why I rarely paint shadows. Our studio has fluorescent lighting and few strong shadows exist! Now I am starting to force them so I can practice layering watercolor shadows. I need to be more patient and let areas fully dry!
An urban sketch, factory smoke looking northwest toward St. John’s Bridge
in Portland. A hazy sky, which is unusual. I am working very fast here,
making an impression with watercolors while experimenting with the
flow of the wash, pulling colors around while everything is wet.
Challenges can be fun (especially if they don’t run YOU) to push you.
The breakfast pushed me to paint on the run, as did the St. John’s Wort.
The Caydanlik gave me an opportunity on a stainless steel piece to work with
color washes all around, pushing into each other as the colors ran.
Not happy with all of them, but each represent another lesson for me.
Graphite lines to block, laying in layers of watercolor, then ink to define
the La Gabbianella rooster (as he actually is defined)!
And I loosen up. make shadow, messy messy!
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