We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
"Little Gidding"
T S Eliot

Monday, 14 March 2016

Daisy, daisy ...

The last exercise on my beginners' watercolour course is all about resist. We were given a reference, which we had to draw, and put resist materials where we thought they should be!

All these exercises have not only been about techniques, but also observation. Something that I really got to grips with in the drawing course I did last year (see here).

I used masking fluid over all the daisies and leaves, and also where the gypsophila is, plus a little splattering.  There are also a few lines of masking fluid on the vase, but not the large highlight, which I just painted around. I used candle wax on parts of the surface area too.

Once the background is painted the masking fluid is removed. The daisies are mostly just the original white of the paper with a little shadowing.

Still having trouble with my washes - so more practice needed!

I've got a couple of weeks break now before I start my new course - Line and Wash - should be interesting ...

A few days ago I went up to Chinatown with a friend, and we found the London Graphics Centre (like a sweetshop for artists), and revisited a Chinese shop that sells art materials.

Yes, I bought a few things - couldn't resist! Including a bamboo dip pen, which I thought would be useful on my next course.

The Chinese New Year decorations were still up so - kung hei fat choy ...

1 comment:

  1. I actually stopped by to thank you for your visit and read about your continued work with resists. This is truly beautiful. I'm super impressed. You may think your washes need more work, but I think your work is fantastic.

    Loved seeing the London version of Chinatown, too.

    BTW, you asked to see my rocking horses, so I obliged.