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.