Monday, September 24, 2007

Watercolour Class Update


Moleskine Watercolour Sketchbook


My watercolour teacher does a demonstration for me at the beginning of each class and then I attempt my version of the picture. Gabriele paints most of his own pictures en plein air. Once painted he is able to recall it, so his demonstrations are all from memory/imagination.

There are thousands of little shrines dotted all over Italy and you come across them in the most remote and unexpected places. Almost always, someone has recently left an offering of flowers. Gabriele chose this one to give me some practice painting stone walls.

I am hopeless at painting in class, stage-fright I think, so I usually have a second attempt at the subject once I get home. The little painting above is from my memory/imagination of Gabriele's memory/imagination.

Gabriele almost always puts a figure or more into his compositions. I'd never noticed that I don't. I didn't even include them when there were dozens leaning over a bridge I was trying to sketch in Venice! So now I'm learning to paint little people as well.

10 comments:

mARTa said...

What a delightfully pretty watecolor! I like the figure included and that it is a memory of a memory! Pay close attention to your teacher as I might be over your shoulder hoping to learn something new in a few weeks! ciao!

Africantapestry said...

You are doing great in your WC class, Robyn, I really like what you're doing! Good job on your stone wall.
Ronell

Jennifer Rose said...

Very nice watercolour :)
The stone walls are well done as are the tiles on the roofs.
The figure looks very mysterious (almost ghostly) but I think that goes well with the shrine.

Dermott said...

Yeah yeah. I've noticed you don't put any Old English Sheepdogs in your pictures either. Even when they're leaning over a bridge in Venice.

Lin said...

Lovely job, Robyn!! Soft and so evocatative!

Stacy said...

Robyn, I can't imagine you having "stage fright". Your watercolors are so lovely. It looks like you were relaxed for this one! Your colors are nice and clear and you did a good job representing the different textures. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your class work (or after class work).

sognatrice said...

Simply gorgeous. The stones are fabulous and I, too, love the ghostly figure. Really, really lovely.

Katherine said...

I left figures out of my sketches for ages! I think once you get good at portraying landscapes and buildings you often don't want to 'spoil' your work by also including people. And that's because doing 'small people' is a LOT harder than many people think.

I found that doing a regular class which involved drawing people helped me enormously. Plus if feeling rusty I find just spending time filling a page in a sketchbook with lots and lots of little people usually gets my drawing brain back in gear.

Having said all that - this is a splendid little person! As are the ones in the previous picture. isn't it amazing how little you need to 'persuade'?

Your wall is excellent too. I love the way you have overlapping glazes which you haven't mixed.

Joan said...

Great job on this, Robyn. I like that you added the figure. Good proportions on her. Nice job on the stone wall.

Robyn said...

Katherine - I'm practising drawing little people on every scrap of paper!

Sognatrice - Thank you. I popped into your blog (Bleeding Espresso) for a quick visit and was still there half an our later, and I still haven't finished reading all your delightful posts!

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