Friday, October 8, 2010

Multi exercise

This is a fun exercise I do in my workshops...I've posted about this before. You divide a half sheet of wc paper by using white artist tape..try to divide it in odd numbered squares and rectangles. It's a study in variety, variety in sizes, shapes and taking one still life and picking a variety of images from that one set-up, trying for cohesion in either color, texture, paint application, theme etc..etc..I think it gets you out of the head set of trying for a "completed" painting.

8 comments:

newmexicomtngirl.com said...

Wow you nailed it right on the head, 'trying to create a completed' painting, everytime. I always do this and wish I wouldn't. I use to think it was because I didn't have a lot of money for good watercolor paper, so I had to make each one count, but thats not an issue now. I think part of it is that I really like a certain part of the little sketch, and think it could be a finished work, but not really. and I've been wanting to do a still life (finding the space to leave it set up is kinda tought right now), but as soon as we get our bed out of our main room and into a room of it's own I will have more space where I can spread out. thanks for the great idea,
peace n abundance,
CheyAnne
http://cheyannesexton.etsy.com

Markun taideblogi said...

Very nice watercolor. Good composition.
Markku Mäkelä

Margaret Bednar said...

I am so impressed with the last few (5- 6 or so) posts. Love the diagonal stripes and the pops of magnificent color. You are on a role.

Gretchen Bjornson ART said...

This is a great exercise that I will have to try. Thanks for posting.

Cynthia Schelzig,Cynnie said...

This looks gorgeous,,,love the colors and the sectioning off idea.

Cris Winters said...

I will give this a try - looks like fun. I just started subscribing to your posts, and I am really enjoying your work.

meera said...

neat exercise! -trying for cohesion is always a challenge!

Sandra said...

I shoud try this! What a great idea! And it's so pretty too :0)