Sunday, February 27, 2011
Drawing as Preparation for Painting
I love to draw for drawing's sake. But drawing is also a good way to prepare for and plan a painting. Many people paint directly with good result. I find, however, that I really do need to plan, especially with watercolor.
This is my brother on his old sailboat, sadly gone now - donated to a sailing school (the boat, not my brother). This is probably too detailed for value sketch, but it serves the purpose. And if I never get to the painting, I'll still have the drawing. I think I'll do a watercolor sketch from this drawing and see how that goes.
I drew the house up in back. I often catch a glimpse of it through the trees in winter. It is a lovely purple and I've wanted to draw and paint it for a long time. It is partially obscured by trees in the winter and completely blocked once the trees leaf out. There are more trees than I drew here and I think I'll want to place them strategically for the best design.
There is another house that I can sometimes see through the trees, but I don't think there is quite enough visible for me to draw. Of course, I could just draw the bits I can see and then use my imagination to indicate the rest. That might be the way to go.
And of course the day wouldn't be complete without a dog drawing or two
or three or four.