Monday, June 27, 2011
Do you want a challenge? - Yellow tank top - plein air, painting people at the beach
Painting beach scenes from photographs is one thing but if you want a real challenge try some plein air!
1st thing is: if you are tackling people you are basically painting from memory.
No one stands still long enough. ever.
2nd: you have to draw a scene super fast - block in the shapes, lights and darks - work hard on capturing a gesture and the values of the scene. where is the light coming from? what are the spine and hips doing? what is it about that person that caught my eye? - all questions I ask myself. - instantly. seriously you have to be quick.
3rd: use a bigger brush than you think you'll need - this is one I forget and am soooo much happier with the result when I remember
try it! - it will really test your painting chops!