Oh, checked my notes. It is the 100% cotton!!! Gah!
No shortcuts! I’m becoming aware of my tendency to punt something down the field…
I’ll deal with that later. I’m going to stop doing that because it just aggravates the problem later. I’m going to deal with it now, assessing whether I am happy with the execution of this piece right here in the sketching stage before I move on — are the expressions the way I want them? The hands? Etc. I will not assume I can fix it in the painting stage.
This is where the translation from a photograph to artwork happens so am I happy with it? I’m not projecting and tracing. I’m actually drawing — intentionally. I don’t want it to look like I traced it. I want something to happen in between those two states. Do I like the translation?
Also at this point, do I have enough data so that I can paint it well? Do I need to add more cues that will help me later?
There’s something wacky going on with the right hand. Re-drawing that before I ink.
Starting another Louise de Masi class this week. Stepping it up one notch and used the reference photo to freehand sketch instead of tracing her line art. Not that it matters that much but there’s def some translation that happens there. I inked my sketch and now ready to trace this to my watercolor paper.
paper: Fluid 100% cotton, 140 lb.
Some hacks I’ve come up with so far:
Used Gamblin Artist Colors Cold Wax (not affiliate) to varnish my finished painting. It did not smear. Supposedly, this can be used instead of glass so I could mount and hang this like a canvas painting.
I powered through the leaves in one evening. Painting the bigger areas was both intimidating and fun. What was most important to me was getting the contrast right between the leaves and the petals. I wanted the leaf on the right to be really dark.
What I learned:
I’ve started using erasable markers on my palettes so that I remember what’s what. Assuming each painting takes at least two weeks, this system has been really valuable.
Woo! Hoo! Two weeks later… I started on September 12.
What I learned:
Okay, moving on to leaves….