This weekend’s challenge from purely watercolour is a still life. I don’t usually attempt still life especially with a one hour timelimit but this one was fun to try with so many colours. I took 55 minutes including the initial drawing.
I decided I needed some portrait drawing practice so I have gone back to basics using only a 2 B and an 8B pencil. Looking at the result I think I need to practice drawing hands as well!
I have been following the Figuary challenge which involves drawing from life models every day during February. Last year I drew every day but I have missed a few this year. The poses are one minute, two minutes and five minutes. This is taken from one of the poses but not done to a time limit.
Before I painted yesterday’s portrait in pastel I did a watercolour of Christine in her Chinese silk dress. I tried to keep it loose but it went a bit muddy so I added some fine liner to try to salvage it.
Today’s model at Broadstone Art Society was Christine who is normally responsible for organising a model each week. She wore a Chinese silk dress which was a bit of a challenge.
I am trying to limit the number of colours I use to give my portraits more integrity. I chose to use yellows and reds for this one to see what would happen.
The first time we visited New Zealand was in 2005, we have been a few times since but nothing beats the magic of discovering a place for the first time. Looking back at some photos I couldn’t resist drawing this one of Lyndell, Ginny and myself being amazed by Lake Taupo.