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Monday, November 24, 2008

Quilted Challenge in Watercolor Group


Our November watercolor challenge was "quilts" and this is my version. It's from a photo of my niece, actually she wasn't wearing a hat, I just put that on because I'm doing a series of Hat Ladies. Watercolor on 4x6 140# paper. As you can see, there are a lot of quilted elements.

These days I'm working on composition. The last time I had a portfolio review (with famous New York AD) she told me that I draw well but my composition was lacking. So I've tackled it by working with books. Just worked my way through
"Pictorial Composition, an Introduction" by Henry Rankin Poore --an oldie but a goodie from Dover Publications.
Now I'm working with "Painting what you want to see" by Charles Reid, another oldie but goodie, from Watson/Guptill. Reid approaches composition through working with a pattern of darks and lights, and when I add that to what I've learned from Poore about balance and focal points, it's all starting to come together.

Composition trumps drawing when it comes to contests, so it appears I've gone about this painting business backwards, but what can you expect from a sculptor who takes up painting?

2 comments:

Linda said...

This is a beautiful painting & the composition is great! Just checking on you to see if you want to continue with Watercolor Wednesdays--we miss you.
Linda :)

Theresa Bayer said...

Thanks Linda for your kind invitation to return to WW, and I've put a link to it in the links list. So I'll be posting there from time to time.