|Pat Percy Art||
PAT: Fast demo by Pat of suggested color scheme for this image at Sheila's request.
Reminder: a simple grid of your reference photo will save you a great deal of time with your composition. You can always mask off a part of the image and make the grid only for that.
Also, if you work in other mediums, try fast sketches using those, too. You may find that a subject works better for you in water-soluble oils, acrylics, pastels, or oil pastels, as well as watercolor. Any effort you make in any of these mediums will add to your knowledge of the subject.
We did preliminary value and color sketches of winter snow scenes. Homework will be to make a more finished work of the image(s) we chose. Pat did a short demonstration of a value and a color sketch using this photo reference:
The idea of this diagram is to divide the surface of the paper into four or five main shapes, values, and colors. These were a great deal of fun to do. We didn't worry about "anatomical" accuracy, the idea was to grasp the essence of a scene quickly, then go home and try a more finished version if we feel inclined to take it further.
Pat Percy showed students how to interpret a photo, to find the main shapes and create a watercolor using a value study and color study first. Then we worked on wet in wet paper to create original winter scenes.
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