A while back I was drawing sketches from a picture that didn’t really work on its own but I liked the subject. I made two sketches, one vertical and the other horizontal. I didn’t know which one I liked better. The question changed to how to paint them and then I decided to paint these two different ways. Limiting the variables kept it simple.
First I focused on what I liked, “the white fence posts flower holders”. White allows reflective color to show through and I wanted to explore that with different light sources, so this was expanded in both pieces.
Two formats, same photograph
Vertical: Light source from left, cropped image draw in watercolor pencil, cool palette, use a grid, add Geraniums and Snap-Dragons.
Horizontal: Light source from right, added an additional flower holder to use space better, draw in pencil, complimentary palette using orange and blue, no grid, use existing flowers.
I think the success factor was that I kept the choices simple and I used this criteria to simplify my decision making process.
For those who may be interested, there are still class openings for my upcoming Creative Watercolor Techniques Workshop. The workshop is from April 11-14 from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm at the Holiday Inn, Fargo ND.
Class Tuition is $215.00. A $75.00 deposit will reserve your spot.
©Ellen Jean Diederich RRWS, TWSA, WSA, WW