Thursday, March 16, 2017
After three and a half months of recovery from the open heart surgery and complications that followed, I finally had the desire to paint again! I went out to lunch with a friend and fellow painter, and on the way back to my car, I spotted this scene in old Webster. I took a photo, and to get back in the groove, I did my usual value sketch. Then I did the drawing on the Arches 140 lb. half sheet. I was nervous as heck about putting brush to paper for the first time in so long, but sailed into it anyway.
I kept it to a limited palette and disregarded any local color. That's why working from a value sketch is so.... well, valuable! If you work directly from the photo, the tendency is to think in terms of local color and details, rather than shapes, values, and a color scheme that is of your choosing and imagination.
As I've said often, planning is crucial to any endeavor. The plan that utilizes a value sketch to plot out your washes and layering will most likely give you the confidence to place that first brush-to-paper procedure!
Posted by Carol Jessen at Thursday, March 16, 2017