A whole summer ~ where did it go?
I spent a lot of it taking photographs and hopefully improving my technique. Sadly, I got very little art done. I got to August before I realised I was totally uninspired in that direction. I did complete a few things in pastels and coloured pencils but, nowhere near my usual output.
I did mange this one and a couple of others but, that was a while ago. One of my thoughtful artists friends must have realised what was happening and very kindly sent me a book ~ "The Artists Way" by Julia Cameron. I started to read it before I went on my holidays and made up my mind to follow it when I got back. So, after settling back down and getting the washing done, I started working through it at the beginning of this week. Yes, I did write my pages every morning this week.
However, I had no idea how much silly things were annoying me or indeed the extent of my "lack of imagination". In only a few days, I had made some resolves and set to work to do something. Now I love coloured pencil and pastels but, often they don't push me into freedom! For me, I need this to get my creativeness going.
So, I decided if I was at such a loss, I would work myself through one of my books. For ages I have had a copy of David Bellamy's book ~ Watercolour Landscape. I have begun to work my way through. Landscapes are not something I do very often and it is different following someone else's techniques. But, it is basics and I have started right at the beginning. The first lesson is on tone. I didn't find it too difficult apart from the fact that I did this on paper by far too small for me which, made it difficult to add detail and I lacked freedom when it came to bigger sweeps with the paint.
However, I am loving the mix of some detail with some very bold painting. One thing I am going to make myself do is every exercise out of the book, I also do another using one of my own photo's. Already this morning I started one using this photo which I took in Wales during the summer which of course with the above colour combination will turn it into a stormy scene.
I have already experienced one disaster which has ended up in the bin. I was using practice watercolour paper and sadly the quality has already let it down when I did a very strong and sweeping sky. So, a new one will soon commence with decent paper!
I have also started some small paintings in my sketchbook based on anything I see out on my walks. Rather than use a photo I am bringing them back and working from life. Hopefully, I may get around to some small sketches too. The aim is little and often.
Meanwhile, I hope all my blog friends are well.....and a special thanks to Yvonne for providing me with some much needed inspiration X