In response to the photo challange : vibrant
Nothing like some fluorescent plastic to brighten up my day.
In response to this weeks photo challenge.
One would think with my recent posts the subject is my paintbrushes. In truth its my few euro, battered replica of Tolkiens one ring, which i bought in a dusty little jewellery shop on a Greek harbour. Probably when the first lord of the rings movie came out so 12ish years ago. Its precious (pun not intended) to me as my late grandfather gave me the spending money for the holiday. Also I’ve been a lifelong Tolkien fan. My father read me a very abridged version of the Hobbit when i was about 4.
I feel completely naked and lost not wearing it.
So today’s Daily Prompt actually sat quite well with something I was planning on doing. So without further ado … a really lame tutorial on how I do my paintings. Firstly I do a lot of things that would make ‘serious’ and ‘proper’ water colourists cry. Like, use white paint, or even white gel pen for highlights. I also use black, I don’t make the paints that watery, I rarely blend them in with each other, rather cell shade. I tend to have some quite hard lines. I really just use it as some thing to add colour to line drawings. Because that is how I do it, I don’t want to be a traditional watercolour painter.
So we start with tools … water paints, pallet, brushes, eraser, hb mechanical pencil, toilet paper, and Gel/Chalk Pens.
I always sketch out a very simple composition and initial sketch with pencil. I then line or ‘ink’ the entire thing with water colours. Either burnt Umber or Paynes Grey as they tend to be the colours which best disappear as the the rest of the paint goes on. I like to paint very small, and my paintings are very rarely even as big as A4. This gives me room on the page though to do my colour swatches. I try as hard as i can to limit the pallet, as i can go a bit mental with the colours on days. .
Always start from the back and work to the front. I am guilty og having always done the bits I wanted to do first … which A, makes It difficult to work about any main foreground elements (which usually are the fun bit) B) Even in water colour you can paint over it if you accidentally go Into the foreground elements.
Use sponges of different types (synthetic, natural) for textures.
Once you have done all of that boring stuff, get the to foreground. If I ever have a strong light source, before I paint, i get the pencil back out and draw the areas in that I want to be highlighted, Shadowed and Mids and write a little L,M,S in each patch. Effectively making myself a paint by numbers.
I haven’t actually finished this yet, however here is a very short video showing how I paint and what the toilet paper is for. Water colours to me are for pigment, not for water effect, so as I paint i then suck all the water up with tissue. This also means, as I am an impatient soul, that I can get through an image quicker if i don’t have to wait for water patches to dry!
So that’s about all I can teach, about something I do well. And that isn’t even complete. But the most important lesson I feel I art Is – Do what you like. So if I can teach you anything It is to enjoy it, create your own technique, style and Path.
Other things worth Learning!
I took it upon myself to begin illustrating a story, which has been in my head since I was 13. I am a horrendous writer so in my head it shall remain. But I will get some nice paintings out of it. These are only small … A5 size or smaller. How long they take I have no idea but we may be spanning days. I shall share complete paintings soon I hope!
I love gardening, although i am not the most green-fingered. I think our outside space should be used for green things! So i try to grow them, especially ones of use. The last few years i have concentrate don growing Perennial and Biennial plants that i can use for feed for my Guinea Pigs. I have literally hundreds of Strawberries of wild and commercial varieties and herbs … all of which are just beginning to bud new leaves. My newest venture is Cranesbill/Wild geraniums. The guinea pigs would live off these if they could and my one established plant and two one year old plants just aren’t enough.
Possibly a little too late i planted up some seed’s and the poor things have battled a winter being frozen in my shed, i forgot to cover them correctly. A week ago i got them out to sit in the sun and they have gone crazy. I even have some that look like real plants!
Not quite a meal for a guinea pig yet, but it they continue at the rate they are going i am going to have some nice little plants by the end of the summer 🙂