20 January 2017

Composition

An old wooden clock and a red mug. This was the challenge I faced at my second evening class on Thursday night. It wasn't easy. I had to keep looking. The tutor, John, kept floating around the room distributing positive remarks. In the end, I was fairly happy with the final product but these classes are not about the production of masterpieces, they are about learning, honing techniques and simply getting better.

Before next week's class, I plan to do a little homework - using a photograph I have taken as the basis for a new watercolour. A good way to use a spare couple of hours.

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  1. I like it! A very good job for only two classes! :)

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    1. Next I want to paint a woman. Could you please send me some "candid" pictures?

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  2. It looks really good except I would like the mug to be slightly in front of the clock.
    Then again, i have no artistic talent or training

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    1. As I see it, it was just practice Kylie.

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  3. You are really quite good (not that I'm surprised)! If your writing muse submits her resignation and your blog goes belly up, at least you will still have a way to put food on the table. I am impressed.

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    1. Are you buttering me up before requesting a financial loan?

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  4. I think water color would be one of the hardest things to work with?

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    1. That is one of the first remarks the tutor made.

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  5. Nicely done. I can do stick figures only.

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  6. And that includes stick figure clocks and mugs.

    :)

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    1. Ahem! I suspect you have a unique style Jenny. Not impressionism but procrastinism or Donkey Movement.

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  7. Of course I know next to nothing about art, but to me, that looks pretty good! Like Kylie said in her comment, I would have positioned the mug a little different in relation to the clock, but that's just me.
    You're right; a good way to spend a few spare hours, especially if the weather or other circumstances do not allow going out for a walk.

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    1. This has been a very grey week in Yorkshire. Not cold but a thick blanket of cloud has drained the colour away.

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  8. You seem to be getting to grips with water colour very quickly. Not an easy medium to use. The mug is excellent. Good work Mr Pudding.

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    1. Thanks for your kind encouragement Sue.

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  9. It's all about interpretation of what you see, too. The position of the mug would relate to where YP was sitting. I assume this was a still life, and something which could be completed within the time of the class?

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    1. That's right. I had about an hour and a half to work on it.

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    2. ah , yes, ok that should have been obvious to me

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    3. It's very good YP.

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  10. That looks very good to me.....on only 2 lessons?.... even better! I did quite a lot of watercolours some years ago, self taught from books. I did some nice " copies", doing step by step from the books. I really must get back to it!

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    1. I hope my blogposts inspire you to get back into painting again Frances... and I don't mean gloss paint on your front door!

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  11. Very good, Yorkie. Watercolour is not an easy medium to master; and you're handling it very well, in my humble opinion.

    A great site for you to join (if you're not already aware of it) is -

    http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=450810

    This site just about covers everything. When I was painting and drawing I found it very helpful. I didn't go to classes (I'm not a group/class person...that's just me)...so what Wet Canvas offers suited me well.

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    1. Thank you so much for this useful link. I will certainly check it out.

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  12. The question is, is that a 7am morning cuppa or a 7pm mug of cocoa?

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    1. Cocoa? I thought that fellows of your age still drank Horlicks before bedtime - straight after "Corrie".

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  13. I admit - I drink Horlicks every night!!

    I think you are making great strides at that Art Class - well done.

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    1. I like Ovaltine myself. I think all great artists of the past drank Ovaltine - including Leonardo da Vinci.

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  14. Not again...what is Horlick now?? My visits in Yorkshire brings me to the edge of ignorance so please, enlighten me. By the way, mr Pudding, that is real good, the colours, the pleasant light in it. It really must be a good class, as Weaver says, making great strides!!!

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    1. Thanks again for your support Fairtrader. Regarding "Horlicks" see http://www.horlicks.co.uk/

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  15. I like the fact that your teacher stresses that everything you paint doesn't need a frame and wall space! Beginners think every session should produce a masterpiece. Once you give yourself the freedom to make mistakes, you usually find your masterpiece! Your drawing ability is so good!

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    1. Good point Jan. I see these class pieces as practice - that's all. They are not my best work. One day there may be pictures that deserve to be framed.

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  16. Wow that's amazing for your second watercolour painting. Well done.

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