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Friday, April 11, 2008

Spring Break

Uh oh. I've been on a three-week break from Saturday watercolor class and had an assignment -- an assignment to do start / work on / do (?I never figured it out exactly) a full sheet piece. Actually, it is an assignment which I have NOT TOUCHED. I scrambled tonight to play catch up, but just am not getting it done. This is supposed to be fun. I'm going to KEEP it fun, too. So, I'm going to have to confess to my WC teacher that I AM, in fact, on good authority, a slacker.

I can only bring these full sheet sketchy things that are IDEAS for paintings based on photos from last year's spring break at the beach...

I particularly like this figure. She's ready for ANYTHING. But I kind of want to paint these in acrylic or even oil rather than watercolor. It's like they deserve something rather more solid than watercolor ... or something like that.


I'm also playing with this from a photo of a red bicycle parked in the middle of the street. The shadows were great, but the photo doesn't give me quite the details I need to be as accurate as it ought to be for a full sheet. Still, I can kind of imagine the shadows being these wonderful masses of interesting colors just dropped in wet-in-wet, with the bicycle almost being secondary ...

We'll see. I find that I am ready to get back into the swing of painting big.

And these count as today's drawings! I skipped yesterday because I spent the evening in a neighborhood meeting campaigning AGAINST speed humps -- they are dangerous crazy things, people. But that's for another day, another post, another blog ...

6 comments:

William F. Renzulli said...

I enjoyed your sketches...especially like the bike!

Looking forward to seeing your next wc.

annie said...

Yep, that looks like one strong and capable woman!

Speed bumps, huh? I will have to add that to my list of dangerous crazy things. :)

Tami said...

I really like the composition and both the women in the beach scene. The bike looks like it will be really interesting too. Glad I'm not trying to do shadows of spokes, I can't paint a straight line to save my soul! But the concept of the shadow being primary and the object being secondary, is intriguing.

Teri C said...

Oh gosh, and how many people do we see at the beach that look exactly like this. This is going to be a fun painting for you to do and us to see! Love that lonely bike also.

janey said...

Love these sketches. You should do more people. What size is a full sheet? And a red bike would be a wonderful painting. And that's just such a great perspective too.

Linda said...

Thank you all! I think I'm going to do both paintings, starting with the bicycle. And Janey, a full sheet is about 22" x 30".