I think I will forever be a student. I love to learn, explore, venture past the edge of what I know, into the fresh and new. It's exhilerating. It expands my world and brings me joy and laughter.
How to Paint Colour and Light in Watercolour, I wanted to give her suggestions a try. I was drawn to the book because of the boldness and movement of her style. What you see here is an exercise from her blog, a monthly challenge. The August challenge was to paint a shell (click on the link to see the image on Jean's blog).
Below, you see the point at which I was thinking this is a mess! When I started adding shape and shading to the shell, I ran into new challenges. But I kept going and used more contrast. Scroll to the top again to see the finished study.
"Painting the light" that is reflected on and around a subject is a great exercise to challenge your ability to see light and to express it on paper. As I was painting this shell I thought of many other ways I could approach the subject and the light.
Links and Resources:
Visit my review of Colour and Light on this blog.
How to Paint Colour and Light in Watercolour by Jean Haines is available online at Amazon with the "look inside" feature.
Also be sure and visit Jean's blog: Watercolours with Life, to learn more about her products, workshops and enjoy seeing more of her painting activities.