Our assignment was to bring a photo or sketch to work from . First she demonstrated a watercolor painting for us so we could see how she works, then we went to work on our own painting. She came around from time to time, exclaiming about our work and offering suggestions.
I brought a photo of an old crane truck to paint. I panicked a couple of times when I couldn't get the shape right, and when I botched the colors, but I managed to correct the worst of it. Late in the afternoon she came to my table and picked up a brush to show me how to improve my painting. It was amazing how with a few strokes she managed to completely transform the painting. She painted a wash across the back of the truck, then added details to the crane to make it stand out. Then she slashed more watercolors across the painting to tie the whole thing together. She's a genius!
I learned more today than I have up to this point. Some tidbits for me to remember:
- Make a thumbnail sketch with shapes and values
- Paint the shapes
- Keep the edges soft
- Put details in later
- Tie the painting together with washes
- Push the darks