Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Practicing Washes!

I have been practicing washes. I have been doing a lot of painting and practicing different techniques with Ona. I am also attending a weekly class which is not brilliant, but I get to practice under the guidance of an artist, who is physically present to critique what I do. Anyway as I paint more I have realised that my pictures often had  'patchy' bits and have been trying to understand why this is happening. I decided to go back to the basics.  One of my mistakes is that I don't mix enough of the paint on my palette and so I have to mix more mid wash!!!! The second is that I don't wait for the wash to dry out completely. Keeping this in mind I did some painting and these are my experiments. I decided one way to practice would be to copy pictures of other artists, so  have copied the paintings of an Indian water colourist, Millend Mulick for the first 2 pictures.

The third practice piece is an exercise from a book called Water Colour Landscape Course by David Bellamy, a British artist. It was simple, but taught me a lot about value and controlling the strength of the paint.

8 comments:

  1. Beautiful exercises, Brinda! Not waiting for the paint to dry is one of my mistakes too!

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  2. All your practise pieces are excellent Brinda. Well done. I have a problem waiting for paint to dry as I get impatient and want to get on with the painting....I practically have to sit on my hands whilst I wait!

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  3. It is great that you are doing practice exercises. I took a class with an artist once who said that people in all the other arts (dancers, singers, etc) practice daily for hours. But painters want to sit down and create a masterpiece immediately. It is true.

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  4. Great results from your practice pieces, Brinda! I especially like the second painting with the warm hues of the building against the cool tones of the background.

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  5. I'm really pleased how you are now identifying weaknesses and targeting them in a stuctured way all on your own. It's good to practice the basics regularly even when you become more experienced.

    Ona

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  6. I'm just checking to see if you know about the WetCanvas "buildings in a landscape" class that just started in the watercolor forum.

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  7. Hi Joan
    Thanks for telling me. I haven't been very regular with WC of late. But will definitely look in now!

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  8. I love your work!!!
    Got to go through your blog and see more!

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