|2/2/14 Platinum Carbon ink, India ink grisaille, watercolor, Canson mixed-media paper (second painting)|
At the end of class yesterday, we were told to bring in 10 to 12 objects that were unified by some kind of theme – color, shape, symbolic meaning, whatever. Since I was already planning to do some still lifes this winter of my parents’ belongings (you already saw my mom’s teapot last week), my theme was easy to identify. The pile I brought in looked very much like the pile of thrift store stuff we had sketched the previous day – except these were all things I grew up seeing at home.
|2/2/14 Platinum Carbon ink, India ink grisaille, watercolor, Canson mixed-media paper |
As before, we applied a diluted India ink grisaille to our drawings first to establish all the values, then we painted with watercolor. This time I remembered to photograph the drawing with the grisaille applied but before I added color (below). The values in my first painting (at right) got a little too dark, and I lost some details. So I tried a second painting (above) with a new composition of fewer objects. This time I had better control of the values as well as of the whites that I reserved for shiny reflections, and the colors came out better, too.
|Drawing with grisaille applied before painting.|
(In case you’re curious, I’ll tell you about the objects in the composition at the top of the post. Clockwise from top: A vase painted with a haiku that my mother wrote; my father’s wristwatch; the monkey teapot; a wooden Daruma figurine, a hand-carved jewelry box [under the teapot and Daruma]; a burro flower pot; my mom’s prayer beads [on the burro’s ear].)
I spent nearly two hours on each of these paintings today – way more time than I ever spend on a still life! (Exhausted when I finished, I took a break by doing a quick sketch of my classmates busily at work (below).) It was an excellent workshop that taught me a lot about composition, values and “letting black do the work” while color takes the credit.
|2/2/14 Diamine Chocolate Brown ink, Sailor pen, Canson mixed media paper|