Thursday, February 21, 2008

Pienza Pen & Wash


Pienza Duomo - A4 Pen & Wash

These pen & wash sketches are great exercise. I'm still having trouble with proportion, sketching directly with a dip pen (no opportunity to make corrections). As a drawing this one is way off but I am happy with the colour and light. And it is loose and fast. At last!

For anyone interested in some tips on Pen & Wash I recommend John Lovett's 10 minute DVD Fast & Easy Pen & Wash (a bargain!). This scene is from a photo I took looking in the opposite direction to the Pienza sketch I posted the other day. John tells me painted the Pienza Duomo a few years ago. I'd love to see what he made of it.

14 comments:

Claudia said...

Robyn, I like this pen-and-wash-painting! It is loose and that is what I want to achieve, too!

Lin said...

I AM DEFINITELY GOING TO GT THAT DVD ROBYN -- I JUST LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU PEN AND WASHES!! AND THIS ONE IS NO EXCEPTION! THE COLOR, PERSPECTIVE AND JUST THE EASY FLOW OF IT ARE GORGEOUS!!!!

Jennifer Rose said...

Its a very nice sketch with lovely colours. :) I don't think the proportions are that off, wouldn't have noticed anything if you had not have mentioned it.

Joan said...

You did a great job on this sketching it directly with the pen. Perspective and proportion are sometimes overrated in my opinion. The energy and feeling of the painting count just as much. I like this. It has a lot of feeling.

Robyn said...

Thank you all! The biggest problem is the bell tower should be much taller then it wouldn't have looked if the proportion problem was between the Duomo and the little houses on the right. That proportion is actually reasonably good.

It is fun though, a bit like absailing, launching right in with the pen!

Claudia said...

Thank you, Robyn, for your comment on my abstracts. I just can't decide whether to paint more like this or more like that (traditional style)...probably I shall do both...

Anonymous said...

Robyn,
I LOVE your Italian village paintings. Makes me want to return to Tuscany just to sketch and paint.
Shirley

Robyn said...

Claudia - I'm constantly asking myself similar questions. There is nothing wrong with doing both, or hopefully nothing wrong with doing EVERYTHING - which is where I seem to find myself :( There is a freshness about your abstracts that really delighted me.

Robyn said...

Shirley - Thank you. So when should I expect you?

Nature and Me said...

Very serene and bright feel to this sketch.

caseytoussaint said...

This doesn't look "off" to me at all. I often feel that my sketches are incorrect when I'm doing them, but it doesn't really seem to matter once you remove yourself from the scene. All I see here are fresh, bright colors and a good compostition that draws you right in.

juj said...

Color and light - yes indeed! This is gorgeous! I especially love that shadow at the very front. I can almost see your brush speeding across the page

Lost In Wonder said...

I would have never guessed that you were having difficulty with proportion. It all works to my eye.

I love bright yellows, thanks for having a sketch that really has some for me to look at.

laureline said...

Oh, gosh, you REALLY captured the light in this one with such strength and economy! And perfect colors, too. I'm so impressed!

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