This Sketchbook Revival has really got me fired up. I need to buy more colours for my watercolour paints as I am using them at a great rate! This class was about intuitive painting. I tried that and the first results were not too good. So I used a photograph as inspiration. The first one doesn't really look like the photograph but I like the picture. (These are all tiny 17cm x 12cm)
The second one does look like the photograph but the colours were dicatated by what was in the paint box.
I need to explore watercolour painting a bit more I think.
The next class was from Nina Rycroft who is a book illustrator from New Zealand. You know I look at those books and admire them so much but would never think I could draw them. Her class on drawing a dog has turned that all upside down. She starts with a side view from a photograph all based around the circles for the shoulders, hindquarters and then the head. Easy Peasy.
Then put that drawing away and using your imagination, or observation of dogs start giving it some animation.
There is no way that these are good drawings but they are a start.
My godson's two boys, Oscar the eldest and Leo the little one, who has cystic fibrosis, got a new dog last week.
Leo is such a dear little boy and although there have been a lot of medical advances he is still looking at a life expectancy of 40 years. Both of his grandmothers and other members of his family raise money for research. I look at my huge stash of fabrics that I will never use and have decided that I will make items for them to sell to raise money.
So, the first one is this wall hanging. I have had the fabric like forever and will never use it. So this is my first contribution.