Saturday, December 31, 2022

Sketch Journal Practice Two


Working with lessons from Celia Yadro again. She is a gouache expert and I have so much to learn. I like her face. She is intense and still a bit confused about what to do next. 

Oh dear. I am reminded of how hard it is to draw a symmetrical vessel. I think next time it might involve tracing the tow half to make a better pot. ON the upside I like the metallic like look of the paint. It actually looks shiny. I'll give this lesson another try soon. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Sketch Journal Practice

My latest project is to fill up my sketch book with daily gouache paintings. I have taken notes on the back of each one evaluating the positive and negatives. 

This one is from a trip to the Grand Tetons in 2018

This one is inspired by an advent Calendar illustrated by Angela Hardin


 This one is from a photograph of my trip to Utah in 2022. The rock face was challenging but it was fun to do and I am eager to try it again.

This is an on-line video demo from Jess Chung.  I picked up a number of tips about using gouache with her.

This one was purely out of my imagination. It was fun to do and I am going to more intuitive landscapes in the future. It was quite relaxing. I am slowing getting better at making trees. 

Alex and I saw a varied thrush from on our bird feeder yesterday.  I did an illustrative look with these. So I wasn't going to anything too realistic. I love the way they turned out. I think I have an emerging illustrative style. Which is exciting because I can keep things simple and add more expression to my work. Justin Donaldson is always taking about communication and how our paintings can communicate a mood, a moment, something beautiful, anything we want. I am beginning to understand what he is taking about.  I hope that by the end of the month I will be able to identify a style.