This weather is gorgeous!
I could paint outside and didn’t have to worry about my easel blowing over!
When The Big Painting Challenge was on, I felt very motivated to start practising drawing exactly what’s in front of me. I found that I was making excuses for not working because I didn’t have an interesting subject matter in front of me.
I’ve also been watching a lot of Robin Clonts Youtube videos, in particular this one. In the video Robin didn’t sketch first, she went straight in with paint. My least favourite part of painting is the initial sketch, so i was thrilled to see that a professional skipped this part!
Heres my no-sketch-paint-the-garden canvas so far:
I know, it looks like a child’s painting. I’ve got a long way to go with it, but I really want to get better at painting leaves/trees, and mixing really accurate colours.
Here were my thoughts:
- Making defined non-blob trees is really difficult.
- Maybe next time I’ll paint things on layer by layer, so that it’s easier to see the negative space.
- It was really hot today.
- I don’t know if it’s because my paints are terrible quality, or because it’s hot, or if it’s because I’m not using enough water, but my paints are drying up very quickly.
- I need to make up smaller quantities of paint. I’m so used to using bigger canvases.
Fingers crossed that the sunshine stays for a while.