Did a travel sketching workshop with Susie Murphy (Ku Ring Gai art society) - all of those are literally 2-3 minute sketches!
It was a real challenge, I have to admit. You getting the reference photo, timer starts, 2 minutes, Done! Color blobs, pencil lines, bit of shadow - finished! Passing the photo to the next person, receiving another one. No time to think through, setting the correct composition and thinking againg about mixing colours - just do quickly! And also limited pallete - ultra, siennas, quin red and gold, that was all we used - plus a touch of pencil. Limited pallet getting handy as you don't have to think what to mix, these colors are all OK between themselves, just the matter of tone value to keep right.
Was hard but I liked it, will definitely use what I learned
I sometimes use a mix chart for my colours. when I don't know what dark or grey I would need, charts come handy - I scribbled which paint is where - but that's such a mix of Russian and English, most likely noone will get it:) But practicing mixing colors helps A LOT, I should trust more the books that say it...
Left one is mixing Ultramarine, Cadmium and Carmine reds, Ceruleum and Sienna and Emerald Green - for different darks.
End of Financial Year Sale...Hard time!:) Epic battle of Greed and Hoarding (The Toad and The Hamster from Russian idioms). Hamster won this time, as there was a sale on Arches, Shcmincke and Daler Rowney watercolor which I never tried, and I don't need pastel, but I just cannot pass by - as well I don't need paper, but that was an offer one just does not refuse.
Now I need to stop procrastinating and just paint.
What fascinates me among other things in the modern masters' watercolor is the sense of composition. How they take the regular streetscape or landscape or literally everything, and turn it into an artwork.
Design and composition is the key, well thought ones are always the strongest. Well thought foreground and middle ground, 2 main shapes, few smaller ones, carefully selected and framed piece of landscape - and as a result, the successful work (after all the hardwork:).
Just updated and uploaded the website - very strange feeling of being exposed to the world, as generally my artworks are just sitting comfortably in the carton folders in my room. And BAM! - it's all on the Net!
Ok, I'm planning to write and share my art journey here, hope it may be interesting for someone - or my future self.