Wednesday, 16 May 2007
In at the deep end - into a pool of coloured ink
So I've dropped from an -A to a -C (I'm grading myself here), but that's alright because I've learned stuff. What have you learned?
a) Don't use loads of colours, use the three primaries, and make secondary and tertiary colours from those.
b) I don't like the primaries I used; Canary Yellow was not earthy enough, Crimson was too pink, and Blue (not an inspired description) was too bright and needs to be more grey. All by Winsor & Newton, and just what I had sat on the shelf.
I worked on A3 this time. Okay, so I didn't exactly fill the page, but I'm getting bigger. Why do I feel it necessary to work bigger? Erm, I'll tackle that another time.
Where was I? Oh yes! So I think it's looking hopeful, and the image was from a reproduction of one of Renoir's nude bathers. Maybe with a better palette, better subject matter, and the wind blowing in the right direction I'll get there. But at least the painful first step has been taken into colour.