Wednesday, January 25, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge - #24


Watercolor - 7X5

One of my former watercolor teachers adopted a new teaching strategy one day after commenting that her students' artwork was getting a little tight.

She replaced our pencils with waterproof Sharpies, grabbed a timer, and told us we had 30 seconds to put down a few lines prior to painting.  As we got better, the time decreased to 15 seconds per drawing. 

We did timed warm-up exercises of simple drawings for the first half hour of every class, and eventually overcame the fear of the dreaded timer.  In fact, I have forgotten how much fun the exercises were until now.

I did a second little painting today, but it was quite stinky & went onto the other pile.


22 comments:

  1. Bonjour chère amie,

    Votre professeur avait bien raison, c'est un excellent exercice pour délier le poignet et créer la spontanéité. C'est comme faire ses gammes au piano.
    Ce challenge progresse bien pour vous et ce jeune loup qui hurle approuve ! Le choix des nuances de couleurs me plaît beaucoup.

    Bisous 🌺

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    1. Bonjour, Martine.

      Je vous remercie. Je suis content que vous l'aimez.
      Et elle était un très bon professeur à bien des égards. Il semble que je puisse entendre sa voix parfois quand je peins.
      Bonne journée!

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  2. I love the colours and expression in this one, Chris!

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  3. I have been having a lovely time catching up on this series. The polar bear particularly struck a chord with me as we have had freezing fog the last few days. He really was a beauty. As with this one you have a real knack for hinting at the softness of the fur.

    I had a similarly 'creative' tutor who made us tape charcoal to bamboo poles to draw with. The results were certainly a lot looser! Best wishes.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. Love your teacher's idea. I think I'll give that a try. There is an American painter, Robert Burridge (he's on YouTube), who tapes his paintbrush onto the end of a stick. He's quite animated and fun to watch.

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  4. Chris, I love, love, love this wolf! I really like your teacher's idea, too. I'm going to try it. I think it will help me avoid the "coloring book effect" that I sometimes get when I make too detailed of a drawing for a painting.

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    1. Thanks, Candy. This exercise popped into my head when I was complaining to my husband that I was unhappy about the stuff I was doing for the challenge. She was a good teacher.
      We always started with big simple shapes - shapes of fruit, landscapes, cars ... Hope you enjoy it.

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  5. Hello Chris,
    A very nice paint of this wolf. Wonderful!!
    You can do this so well Chris. Fantastic!!

    Greetings, Marco

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    1. Thank you, Marco. Appreciate your comment.

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  6. Love this one. Beautiful. Shows how a few good lines and colour can produce a beautiful effect.

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    1. You are a good influence on me, Patricia! Thank you.

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  7. i use to love drawing the quick poses in life drawing class, couldn't be bothered spending hours on one pose lol

    time can be a good teacher to just focus on the important lines for the work rather than always focusing on all the details

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  8. Great information. Keep it simple. This is lovely.

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  9. My spirit animal - love the howl - perfect!

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  10. A delight my sweet friend! Love the tones! Just a few more days left' :)

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