Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Another learning point

I have been going to a weekly painting class. This time I was encouraged to take a pencil sketch  and looking at the values and tones paint the picture in colour. I chose this picture of a horse. I loved the sketch, as it had caught the movement of the animal, and the grace as well! I enjoyed the experience and see the value of actually sketching a picture in pencil, working out the lights and darks, the values  and tones and then paint it in colour.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

The golden rickshaw!

Sometimes you paint a picture and it makes your heart sing, as it is exactly how you wanted it to be. That's how I feel about my recent picture of the rickshaw. I loved the colours the rickshaw took on, bathed in the light of the afternoon sun, a  golden glow....and I have managed to catch that....so YIPPPPeeee! I am thrilled with this! It did not take too much time....Around a couple of hours from start to finish, and this time I just let my feelings take over, not try and be too accurate with the details.....and here it is....my golden rickshaw! The interesting thing also was that I just used a very limited palette, just 3 colours, gamboge yellow, burnt sienna, burnt umber and a tiny bit of crimson!

I wish I painted more! I make these many resolutions to paint EVERY day or almost everyday, and  they fall by the wayside as life just takes over! Maybe the trick is to not make any resolutions but just do it....and not necessarily feel terribly guilty if I dont'!