Thursday, January 22, 2015

First Tangerine

First Tangerine, 6x6" watercolor, ©Diane Mannion
#21 of 30/30
First Tangerine Picked From Our Tree
This was yesterday's watercolor class demo painted from a still life set up.  Was only able to get it to the half way point because I was busy teaching my talented students.  Hope they realize the importance of drawing and painting from life!   There's so much more to "see" and discover than what is captured by the camera.

We started off with thumbnails and I explained how to visually move things around for the sake of composition.  Because of my square format, had to pull the rose and tangerine into the frame, instead of rendering the set up exactly as it was.  Explained that this is a painting, not an exercise in exact draftsmanship.
This is as far as I was able to get during class, but good example of how I build up layers of glazing, working in small patches at a time.

 Happy to discover my good camera still works, except for the LCD screen which I can live without because I can see through the viewfinder!  At least I'll still be able to photograph my artwork.  Puts off a big purchase for awhile longer.

#21 of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge!


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