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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.

and

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 ~









Comments

robin cox walsh said…
Your tips are always helpful! Thanks! :D
Judy said…
Never thought about movement in a painting. Thanks for your tips!

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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
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CONCERTINA
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
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WHAT!

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+…