Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Art Lesson

The Art Lesson, 5.5x8" watercolor, ©Diane Mannion
Day 7 of 30/30 Challenge

My mom giving drawing tips to her step-grandson, Jackson last summer.  Loved the intense communication between the two that this reference photo captured.  A watercolor sketch worked well as a study.  

I have a lot of reference photos that would be fun to paint from although I don't like to use them and would rather paint from life.  But this is a good example of why the photo is useful... never would have gotten these to to hold still for long!

Watercolor is a great medium to explore whether or not the subject is worthy of a larger painting in oil.  Design and color can be changed and moved around, values adjusted, patterns added or simplified before tackling a larger canvas.  In this case, The Art Lesson works well as a little study; statement has been made... no need to work it up in oils. 



martine paquet said...

I love the story this WC tell.
Lovely watercolor.

NS said...

Beautiful moment so well captured Dianne!

Diane Mannion said...

Thank you, Martine and Nithya... your comments made my day!