A Quick Sketch

Day Twelve-30 Paintings in 30 Days

12-A Quick Sketch“A Quick Sketch”

8″ x  8″ Painting in watercolor, pencil and charcoal on watercolor paper.

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Searching for a quick way to create the day twelve challenge painting, I came across some of my sketches. I chose one I did of our daughter, Karen, back when hair styles were fluffier. Perfect! I sketched it again on watercolor paper and enhanced it with watercolor and charcoal.

Life drawing class was my favorite class in college and art school. We always worked from live models and various mediums such as pencil, charcoal, or acrylics. Once the instructor asked us to bring a stick from our yard. The next day we sketched the model using the stick dipped in a bottle of black ink.

The real fun came when we were limited to sketching very quickly as the model changed poses every 30 seconds, then to a one minute pose, a 10 minute pose, or maybe even a 20 minute pose. We were never given the luxury of dawdling over our masterpiece, which suited me just fine. I like to create my artwork “alla prima” which means “at first attempt” or “all at once”.

“A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines…….”

____From Elements of Design by Strunk and White.

It’s good to know those smart guys agree with me.

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