Ocean sketch notes

Homework for my ocean painting class is to make 2 sketches, any media.  They can be 60 second thumbnails or more comprehensive sketches from life or any reference. I encourage students to study paintings they like.

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2 ” thumbnail sketch, pencil on paper
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6″ composition and color study (2 h pencil)
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I worked into the above sketch with more color and pencil (a darker pencil this time)

Cityscape Providence, RI

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This morning I scoped out our cityscape location for friday’s class.  There was an exercise class meeting in the same space/time.  I was delighted by how helpful the instructor’s advice was to my own endeavor:

“Practice makes progress. You’re stronger than you think. Keep breathing. Geronimo.” Indeed.

The painting is available on etsy.

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My process for this sketch

  • Loose sketch in pencil to give myself a chance to feel through some of the shapes
  • Began the painting with paint
  • Focal point was the clump of yellow trees
  • Made marks for the lightest bits: yellow and orange
  • Tried to keep things very small indeed!
  • This panel was not designed for watercolor, dried slowly, beaded up.
  • Moved around the composition to let the paint dry
  • Used white to mix neutrals
  • Deepened the darks
  • Added the burgundy pen, tried to keep a very light hand

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Carpet shop interior sketch class

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From our class at Loominous Rugs in Providence, RI.  Once again our approcah was to choose a focal point and build the picture around that. 8″x10″, Watercolor and pen on aqua board panel.

Below is a photo reference of my subject, heres my approach: I

1. chose the ornamental grasses as my focal point 2. worked small in order to make room for a ground plane 3. emphasized the colors and shapes that pleased me 4. compressed the space so that I could fit in more shapes and colors 5. put the brick wall on both sides of the carpet 6. changed the shape of the carpet in the foreground.

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Flowers with initial color impression

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On the right is a scan after my first pass: a color impression with the intent to preserve the lights.  Its helpful to have this window on the past now that I have worked into the painting.  While I enjoy the definition and deeper color of the final, the first pass has an openness that feels great to me.

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And a plate of Persimmons.  Both from yesterday’s watercolor class.