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Painting Action - moving objects - speed

Someone asked me recently how I manage to put Movement and Speed in a painting.
Thought it best to use this painting of a running dog to explain (you may recognise it from my other blog last October)

1.  Firstly, The Angle is important  - I haven't drawn it 'straight/flat across the page', but sloping down with the dogs back slightly higher.
2.  Also note that the dog is almost running 'Off the page' - this indicates speed to the viewer.
3.  The hind legs are raised a little.
4.  I prepared the paint and did the brush strokes quickly with All the Brush Strokes go to the left.  

~ Hope this is a useful tip for you all ~

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Painting eyes

It can seem like a daunting thought, how to successfully paint eyes. Well, I'm here to tell you it is only in the detail and that DOES NOT HAVE TO BE DIFFICULT.
Here's an example from a little sketch I did of Hamish the cocker spaniel.

The viewer is drawn to the eyes, as we are with faces generally.  In this example it looks complicated, but here's a close-up to show you it is purely small hints of colour and leaving some white paper.

Sometimes the things that seem to be the most difficult
are the easiest.

Sketch to final drawing

Sketching can be as complicated as you want to make it.
Firstly, find the idea OR you may have the subject in front of you.
Next, put pencil to paper,
and when you are happy with it,
start to add paint.
Ending up with a piece of art that could either be Sold OR mostly with sketching, 
just saved and shared online.

The point I'm getting to is,  keep drawing and painting -
your hand/eye co-ordination will improve immensely over time.


Don't throw out those scraps of paper!
It is always worth keeping them
1.  For testing paint colours
2. Ideas 
Gives you the opportunity to see, small time, how a larger piece could work



It appears that I haven't added a useful blogpost here since October and it's now December.  The time seems to fly by me and I have trouble keeping up.  Although it does mean that I have been very busy painting and having holidays and that's good.    Well anyway, I'm here now, so that's got to be a good thing hasn't it?

Here's some guidance notes as to how I went about  this recent painting

I painted this watercolour which measures 12" x 9".  Firstly, let me say that this is on Rough Fabriano Artistico 140lb paper.  It handles the wet-into-wet and is such a lovely technique don't you think!

Wetting the paper firstly with clear water and then, having already mixed my sky wash (French Ultramarine Blue) I dropped the paint into the dampened paper...ahhhh Bliss.  I worked my way down the sheet in a similar fashion, doing only the background ~ waited until it had all COMPLETELY DRIED before I painted William, with a mix of French Ultramarine Blue+…

Oh my...didn't realise it's been so long since I last added any posts here!!!

So, just in case anyone still stops by
here's something about one of my favourite sketchbooks
I have bought the last couple of sketchbooks via Amazon, 
although Seawhite of Brighton
have their own website (I've actually visited their shop, they have loads of stuff there)
The concertina sketchbooks have good quality paper the take watercolour well.
When you have completed one side,
you simple turn it around and go the other way.
Now, there's an interesting thing.  When you turn the book and go back filling a new side, you aren't painting on the Back of the previous drawings....the pages in the sketchbook are Double sided, which helps prevent any marker pens bleeding through your previous drawing (marker pens tend to do that sometimes, so be aware).

Here's the book opened out

A useful tip, when you start using your book
1.   Mark it on the front with a small symbol
otherwise, each time you go to use it, you will be turning it around and around trying to f…

Using a Khadi Paper sketchbook

The thing with sketchbooks, is you need good paper.  It really does make all the difference to a decent sketch.  So you can image how challenging aKhadi-paper sketchbook can be.  Not only is the paper roughly textured, but it swallows up watercolour like there is no tomorrow!

However, there is always a Solution 
and for this sketchbook I prepared some pages with gesso.
This will enable me to use acrylics for sketching ideas.

Prep with grey gesso and below white/burnt sienna mix
As the gesso dries permanent, this makes it an ideal surface for acrylic paints - of course, you could also prepare the pages with White gesso, I just chose not to.

Not all pages are gessoed though. I have also painted directly on the white pages with acrylics -  rough 'blocking in' idea for a future painting.
They remind me where I want to go with a large canvas.

This sketchbook is proving to be worth its weight in gold.