Thursday, May 19, 2011

Beginning Watercolor Homework 5/19/11

Assessing Your Own Work

Yesterday, at gasworks Park, we began by considering color and relative value questions. Because of the nature of the subject matter, it was not as important to understand the roles of wetness and composition.

Can you remember what you decided about the variables before you began painting? If so, you have a good basis for evaluating the effectiveness of your approach. For example, how far apart in value did you want the first and second layers to be? Did you succeed in creating a big enough spread? If not, what would you do differently?

The list of variables is short: Color, Value, Wetness, Composition.
One by one, look back at your intentions, and compare them to your results. If you still have your practice paper, it will contain lots of clues about what you were thinking. You may notice, for example, that you intended to make the shadow pattern as dark as that patch right there, but something went astray. See if you can identify what happened, and make notes about how to refine your approach.
Please bring the sketches and notes to class.
Meanwhile, here are a couple of images that can easily resolve into a couple of layers. If you have time, try to decide in advance how dark, what color, what kind of edges and where you will make your first and second layers (and third, if necessary). Keep in mind that being decisive with your brush depends on being clear in your mind. For this assignment, do not correct your mistakes .

Choose your mantra from the following:

Keep it simple, simple, simple.
Err on the side of too little information.
Shape first, then texture (if necessary).


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