Sunday, July 09, 2006

My Challenges



My challenges continue to be people sketches and landscapes (among other things) I'm not sure this one of Nick is improving as I continue to practice the same one over and over ... but I've added watercolor and will leave 'children' for a while and work on other sketching issues I have-- such as landscapes.

I love scenes like this one ... rural scenes so make me feel the roots of HOME, especially the landscapes of Italy. I've sketched this one and while I like it, I'm not sure I've gotten sufficient contrasts or 'something' to make it sing ....?

10 comments:

Cin said...

I know little of watercolor so I'm not the one to say but it sings aplenty to me, beautiful especially when viewed large!

Bonny said...

Lin, this is beautiful! I'm guessing it's somewhere in Tuscany...or am I completely off the map? I really like the serene feeling I get from looking at this landscape.
The only advise I can think of to give you as far as the contrasts go... think of your focal point, what do you want people to look at? That part should have the most contrast, lights right next to the darks. Think of the light direction and put in some shadows. Hope that is helpful to you ;)

Rayna said...

Lin, your sketches always make me feel so peaceful. Nick is adorable, however you sketch him -- and your carrots and tomatoes make me want to get back to my 'garden' (aka - one tomato plant in a pot on the deck of our condo - LOL). I hope my husband has been watering it while I am away.

melissa w said...

I really love your rural scene. It has a lot of heart.

Teri C said...

Lin, I applaud you for your tenacity in painting and sketching Nick! Each one is better than the last. Soon you will have one to frame!!

Sue said...

Lin, is this a memory sketch or from a picture? Whichever it is (I'm just being nosy) it is delightful. I most enjoy the way you've coloured the roof in the foreground, it looks so authentic to me.

Laura said...

You're really getting Nick's mass and volume well now, Lin. You can 'see' him in the round. I also love your Italy sketches---I can see your longing to be there in every stroke!

Terri said...

I don't have any Italian blood, but I adore rural Italian scenes too. What's not to love right?? :o) This is beautiful Lin. You've captured the joyous bounty of the scene and your love of it. :o) I bought three small paintings this week done by my Italian born art teacher and they are scenes of the area he grew up in. Can't wait to get them here so I can show you photos!!

Jana Bouc said...

The landscape is beautiful and just pops right off the page. The colors are wonderful and there's just enough detail to be interesting. Drawing kids is tough--I drew my little boy tonight and even though he held still for me I still didn't get it quite right. (My little boy isn't as little as yours--he's 26!)

Karen said...

Keep it up, Lin, you're doing fine.

I agree with Bonny's suggestions. I can recommend the books of Edgar Whitney and Tony couch and others for working with values and shape in landscape. You are such a fast learner I think you will get a lot out of them.
Remember, you don't have to paint exactly what you see ... let the composition lead the way.