The final class this week finished with a flourish as we attempted to paint two very bright boats (orange and blue) bobbing in a harbor with dazzling reflections. 'I want you to use bright bold colours as well as washes', said our teacher. And we tried to!
I look back over the whole experience with gratitude. It has kick-started me into a fresh activity which propels me into a very different zone from academics and sermon writing. Earlier I mentioned some of the advice he has given us beginners and this has been added to through the classes:
- Make sure your initial sketch is sound - nothing will compensate for a poor drawing.
- Simplify, simplify, simplify.....always look for the bigger picture.
- Stop before you think you're done. Avoid dangers of over-painting!
- Don't go back when its partially dried.
- When you paint wet on wet - let it paint itself.
- Balancing tones is essential for distance and contrasts.
- Be bold not fussy!
There's good stuff here if I remember to practice it and I guess I will continue some painting now the class as finished. A friend visited and mentioned she had seen a documentary which analyzed three groups of retired people in order to monitor what most helped them most to keep healthy in body, mind and spirit. One group went on a diet, another took to the gym and the third did life-drawing. Apparently, the last group won hands down with positive outcomes all round. I still think that belonging to a lively loving church community with all that means will come out best but I am sure a spot of creativity adds spice!