Lesson 2 consisted of a warm-up of drawing 10 things. I worked on the back of my warm-ups from the previous lesson. No sense in wasting paper. I drew 9 things to start with. However, my mango and orange were a bit blah! If you are just drawing an outline of these, it is not easy to discern what they are. So, in the end, I drew 7 things. And I didn’t number them – I named them – in French. I did some grocery shopping the other day and came back with a load of fruit and veg and decided to paint those. Thinking ahead, I thought that someone might be more inclined to buy a painting of fruit and veg than stuff that I have lying around in my house. Naming things in French is très chic, no?
Here is the warm-up. I really love my aubergine. French word for eggplant that they use in the UK.
We were supposed to work on 12×12″ cradle board. So I cut down an A3 size piece of paper to 12×12″. I made my first painting on the left on 140lb cold press watercolor paper that I gessoed first. On the right is a close-up. I had the light this morning when I took these. You can see my scribbles underneath. Since looking at this on the computer. I added some more opaque paint to tone down some of the scribbles as it still looks too busy. It rained this afternoon, so I will post them again when they are completed. Sometimes taking some photos while you work really helps put things into perspective.
Here is the painting I made on the cradle board on the left, with a close-u[p on the right. We were meant to paint straight onto the bare wood. Although I like the look of bare wood through the paint, most times the cradle board benefits from a bit of light sanding and priming before painting as it is semi-porous. If I had some clear gesso, I might have used that instead, but I only had white. I need to tone this one down also as that upper right hand corner is bugging me a bit, otherwise I am quite happy with this.
Some people got really fancy with detail in their paintings, and although that isn’t what the lesson is about, they made some really lovely things. I am learning to keep my drawing simple and not worry about it if my things aren’t drawn to perfection. I also learned about some of my supplies and how they react with each other. Most of all I am having fun! Oh yeah, I am also going to make a series of these in Italian and Spanish!
So, did you learn anything new this week?