I wanted to work more loosely and so I just indicated my flower shape in pencil and then wet the whole page randomly and dropped in my 3 primaries allowing them to mix on the page and run into the petals where they wished. When dry I applied my 3 primaries once again randomly but not allowing them to flow into the petals this time. After this layer had dried I looked for shapes of hidden flowers and leaves in the background and added some darker negative painting to highlight these and the daisies. I then added some shadows,in the daisy petals and stems.
I sorted out my waterproof and non permanent pens and tried out a quick sketch using the water soluble ones. The black one was excellent, but tended to dominate the other later colours which were much finer nibs. I liked the black for quick sketches excellent.
This was an art challenge for Rentia. I had to use my non-dominant hand to copy a photograph. I decided to use watercolour for this and found it particularly challenging as I have not worked portraits in watercolour before. I found my left hand kept trying to go in the opposite direction and it was very stimulating to accept this challenge.
This was a fun experiment. It started as something a bit different, but had some happy happenings and some mishaps,along the way
This was my attempt at painting chiaroscuro in the manner if Rembrandt’s Laughing Man. Only a limited palette of earth colours could be used. I have shown four stages in the work. I found this to be a challenge because:
i haven’t used oil paints in a while
I am fairly new to portrait painting
I had a deadline to meet as I was taking part in Rentia’s Art Challenge
I had never tried chiaroscuro previously
I have never been successful with collage, but decided to give it another try. So today I copied an example given by Nita Leland in her collage book. I adhered the print to thin paper with gloss gel medium and learned that ink will not work on this, so switched to acrylic and had a bit better success. Still not successful, but will try again.
I am now into the second half of August and going back up the reverse side of my concertina strip. Still enjoying the daily challenge.