Friday, November 11, 2022

Free For All


Here’s a quick color study made with a big brush on small paper. The result is

almost entirely shapes with just about no lines at all.

Here’s another shape painting, by Jacob Lawrence. Both works begin with

plans, by the way.

Now for a  line - dominant scene by Lyonel Feininger. Here, even the shapes

are made by surrounding them with lines.

Finally, here’s a mix of lines and shapes from George Post, who made his elegant

compositions from careful pencil drawings.

When you are interested in combining lines and shapes you can begin by taking

note of what those around you do on purpose. It is just as useful for realism and


Find an image to paint that gets you thinking about what is made of shapes and

what is made of lines. Remember that you are in charge.

Friday, November 4, 2022

We Found the People!

 Let's  do some work practicing painting people in watercolor. Look up  artists whose paintings you admire. Chances are you'll like their people, too.

A couple of things to keep in mind; 

It's better to  make your figures too tall  than  too short.

Legs are longer than we think and heads are not that big.