Daily Practice week 2
Well I managed to pull it off for a second week. I started off with another oil study, this one oranges in my oil painting book
4/13/22: Oranges in oil from life
Good, great, still going strong.
The following day I ran into the first road block. the page in my sketchbook was still wet. Too wet to really turn at all so I had a moment of “well! time to quit!” then I pulled out my other sketchbook and did a gouache study
4/14/22: Guava blossoms in gouache from life
The following day, the oil sketchbook was of course still wet (lol how did I not forsee this being a problem?) and real panic started to kick in. Surely I was going to quit now. I was feeling pretty tired anyways.
Then I remembered about 2 months back I signed up for Scott Christensen’s online painting course, Adventure of Painting so I thought ya know what? seems like a good thing to do for my daily practice. It’s broken into short, really easy to watch videos with short assignments
He’s big on the 10-20 minutes a day every day is going to make you a stronger artist in the end philosophy, and he includes concentrated study above and beyond just drawing and painting a part of that. So seemed pretty perfect. The rest of my week was going through 1 or 2 of the videos daily and getting some sketching practice in.
4/15/22: finding value planes from photos using greyscale markers
The next day was really neat. He has you draw a landscape from a reference using only 10 lines
4/16/22: Ten Lines
Next was practicing editing a reference to create a more compelling composition followed by practicing drawing tree shapes
4/17/22- Line Variety and Tree shapes & Form
4/18/22 - More trees from the previous day and the next assignment, more playing around with drawing from a photo ref to make the shapes more interesting
4/18/22 -4/20/22: I’ve had deadlines these few days so I didn’t have a ton of time but i still managed to get something done each day. The first 2 are continuation from the previous assignment, then more about painting and drawing trees and finally some really fascinating lessons on understanding greens and determining what the main primary in a green is.
I feel I’ve learned a lot and am excited to keep going!
Congrats on completing a second week! I've also struggled with daily drawing/painting challenges, so it's inspiring to see you tackle this. That's a fascinating note about yellows disappearing faster in space, by the way. It's one of those things that I don't think I've ever noticed consciously, but now that you mention it, that's absolutely true. Color is amazing, isn't it?