Saturday, June 26, 2010
The Sea and Grass
Simple shapes, variety, contrasts, dark against light, light against dark, white space, center of interest - all were part of Sterling's wonderful instructions, demonstration and lesson. While the photo reference was one I brought (from Wet Canvas), Sterling demonstrated these principles from a photo he had from a trip he and his wife made while out west. It showed a canyon and valley and was completed in 90 minutes!! Magic! My friend Joan (http://watercolorsbyjoan.blogspot.com/) has been painting beach scenes from Long Island (where I was raised) and has me so longing for salt water that I just HAD to paint something 'beachy'! Sterling helped with this painting by indicating some of the contrast areas that gave the painting more 'pop' and strengthening values to increase contrast. EXCELLENT!
BTW, he had a copy of his new book -- oh my it's going to be a winner!! I came home and ordered one immediately! LOL
Two more days of intense learning -- can't wait. Though I have to admit, I am tired already! LOL
Still no rain, and still mighty hot. We have a few grape tomatoes turning red, and the vines are now 7 feet tall ...it looks like a jungle out back ...!