Sunday, March 15, 2009
Painting From A Sketch
'Benwick River' -Mixed Media 9x11" -©Anita Davies
Six years into my art journey and I am still having 'firsts'. This is the first time I have ever completed a painting from one of my own sketches...no photos, no references of any kind, just the ink sketch below.
"Benwick River" - Ink Study in sketchbook ©Anita Davies
Now I know that I strayed a little, some parts of that worked well, others did not. The composition works better in my sketch, I made too much of the road in my painting and split the composition into equal thirds, which I think makes each third compete a little for attention. The river sweeps more in my sketch, which I prefer, as do the trees along the back right. The bank looks more like a hedge in my painting and the jetty looks more like a table with the back leg I added.
However, none of this matters because I painted it all from my very own sketch and THAT alone makes this painting a personal success.
I enjoyed selecting colours and creating texture with my new 1" hake and I loved being all loose and artsy. I was in my glory slopping watercolour about, then dipping my fingers into my pastel box, grabbing my ink filled waterbrush, then gouache and generally being unrestricted in my choices of media.
I am going to have such fun with this project!
"Benwick River" WIP - ©Anita Davies