I wanted to continue my lesson with Paul. I’ve always loved his little watercolour – Rose in a vase – such a simplified composition, so still, so quiet. And yet, it’s probably ‘just a study’ in darks and lights, lines appearing and disappearing. Do a google image search. See what you think.
Studies can be so wonderful…one can see the artist thinking, working out something, trying out something. It’s not a ‘ta-dah, this is it’ kind of work.
And so for this drawing, I’ve put some freshly picked rosemary in an op shop bought jug and perched it on top of a yoga brick so I could draw at eye level today. Why? Because.
I used a watercolour pencil as I found yesterday’s pencil lines too heavy, Drawing was quick but I slowed down when working out the darks and lights. Working in greyscale before using colour is a useful way of doing this.
As I was doing the leaves, I wondered how Paul might have painted those. I think he would have done it such a way that would suggest them rather than literal about it. That is a skill in simplifying something complex. Now that’s another creative problem to try to work on.
Thank you for visiting. You know when you’re with a few people drawing or making something and you all go into a creative companionable silence? Well, it kind of feels like that.