Every so often I get the bug to do something creative in the evenings while we are watching TV so I get out my sketchbook which is slowly being filled with drawings and such.
The last few times, I have had fun playing with a Travel Water Color set that my D-I-L , Amber, gave to me a few years ago…..
The two brushes that I am using are wonderful for traveling or for sitting in the living room. The well on the brush can be filled with water and then squeezed slightly to release water onto the paint. The only other thing that you need is a paper towel to use in daubing the water off of the brush or cleaning the brush between colors. To clean it, you simply squeeze water out while you are wiping the brush on the towel….
A while back I purchased a DVD by Jane Lafazio where she talked about different drawing and painting techniques. A few of the tips that I learned from her were….
- delineate a square or rectangle that you are going to use for your drawing. That way you are working in a small area and not worried about the rest of the page.
- begin by lightly sketching in your object with a pencil
- when you are happy with your sketch, use a fine point pen to draw in the outlines and then erase the pencil (I always forget this part)
- when you begin the painting process, re-mix your paints with each dip so that the color changes slightly as you move across the picture.
- finally, leave bits of white in the picture to bring a sparkle to it.
SO, with those ideas in mind, here are my last three paintings…..
No Rembrandts here, but at least I am learning to see my objects better….