Intermediate watercolor homework: Figures, Letting go!
Here are a few images that might inspire you to make more general statements in the figurative work we'll be doing next week.
These paintings are based more on shapes than lines. Even in the Diebenkorn if you took away the lines, the figure would still be fully present, much as it is in Kim Froshin's exciting painting. An edge, rather than a line can make a more convincing object in space.
Take another look at these three images with the relationship between the figure and the ground in mind. There's a big opportunity here for defining shapes, and it can come late in the sequence of layers. Be sure to take advantage of that from time to time.
So, your homework? If you can get someone in your house to hold still, great. Otherwise, look for photos online, or in magazines that feature distinct shadows on a figure, clothed or not. Keep the drawing to a minimum. Paint shapes!
Please bring lots of paper for our next session. Most of it can be cheap sketch paper (not newsprint). Just a couple of sheets of good watercolor paper for the longer poses.