Back to basics

A few months ago, I did an online course with Vinita Pappas on “Loosening Up” [Vinita is currently running a “Going Green” course, but I decided to sit this one out because of current time constraints. I thoroughly recommend her courses].

One of the sections in the course addressed the need to set goals for ourselves, so I decided to make a concerted effort to set some goals and put them into practice.

In my day job as IT Manager, I work in a very structured way, and in some respects I have swung to the opposite side of the pendulum in my painting to try and get away from the structured and controlled environment, but let’s face it, everything needs a bit of structure to keep things together…..

One of my goals: K.I.S.S. ==> Keep It Simple Stupid! I tend to over-complicate, over-analyse, over-work, etc, so one of my goals is to simplify and extract the minimum amount of details

I decided to paint something fairly basic to try to get my hand back into painting again.

Flower pot

Inspiration: flower pots outside out apartment complex

Background: a mixture of neutrals: Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna, Burnt Umber, Quin Gold and a touch of . Later I added some Indigo to pick up on the darks in the foliage

Foliage: Sap Green + Indigo

Flowers: New Gamboge Yellow + Lemon Yellow + White Gouache

Techniques used: Painted without a preliminary sketch, colours mixed directly on the paper. Started with the background and left it to dry. Added yellow for the flowers. When dry, added the pot and the foliage and then fiddled here and there with extra details in the background and main subject. I deliberately only painted one pot out of the 6 to keep it simple!

~ by Tomorrowslices on July 22, 2012.

2 Responses to “Back to basics”

  1. Check out the awards on my blog!!!

    • Thanks, Judith – much appreciated for mentioning me and my blog – hope I can continue to keep you riveted (and amused!) with life here on the other side of the world!

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