November 24, 2012

Gun Slingers


This isn't a finished work! But since I am posting on the topic and this piece was developed in the same vein as was the previous.. 

I am quite close to it now and perhaps if I let it have some space I will have time to reflect on it more and manage to integrate what I have learnt by doing it. That is definitely a point when it comes to watercolour, you cant seem to get enough space.. I had to resist the urge to keep dabbing and poking about on the paper! Really in the process I know I could actually ruin it, but then one shouldn't ever be that close in the first place.. attachment, obsessiveness, perfection, all sorts comes up for me. 

And now I am too irritated to elaborate further.. here they are: the gun slingers.

The reference was fun too since it was snipped with windows from a dvd.. films are good for lighting. Speaking of which how is that central glow? 

Master Yang

This is a finished 'illustration' as a result of the course that I have now completed under the wise tutelage of  Mr. Rayno Swart in my humblest Simonstown.  I thoroughly enjoyed the process which we underwent and which produced this piece. It does NOT however look great on the screen for whatever reason, whilst I have tried to enhance it, seems logical to me though that it wouldn't considering the medium used, which has everything to do with light (watercolors dear), then made to be captured by my own light emitting digitalia and this not of the finest grade assuredly (scanner, dpi yada yada). Never the less, I wanted to show and tell.. for my own completed expression of it. 



It was done with two washes, mostly sienna and blue on both, and on a good quality Bockingford 450 gsm sheet I did not even stretch. The subject is his honorable  Tai-Chi master in the single whip pose, which is a movement quite lovely to perform. When I saw these photo's in a book I immediately knew they would render beautifully for the purposes I was learning in illustration and watercolour, the originals also have an old almost newspaper print quality. 

Rayno's new book is being released today and I am very excited to see whats inside, I hope that it does have lots of his origional notes. During the recent course I did I also kept notes but I would always wish that I had written them down in the order he had, as I would be in a rush and trying to do the excercises and watch his demonstartions and write all at the same time and it would come out all jumbled. Rayno is a fantastic teacher and brilliant artist I look up to and definitely will remain in contact with.

I also highly advocate the practice of Tai Chi as a means of harmonizing and practicing mindfulness. I have a wonderful teacher for that too and belong to the Lin Ming School in Kalk Bay.

November 12, 2012

Seaforth on a cloudy day

Here is my first full fledged Plein air in watercolour. It is a milestone I am proud of. The painting itself is nothing to boast about, though with each new one I learn more, and also I believe I am undergoing a self taught process to this end. It was and is an inspiring and wonderful experience.. With this piece I put into practice the means of using a view finder (I used my fingers this time) so to have the right scale and proportions in the composition. Before which getting everything to fit in I was finding a real challenge! The initial drawing I did in a manner I am accustomed to when working from life, without much attention to light mapping as it were, and therefore not wholely considering the move into colour paints.


And so with this I also add a new category label! And I plan to add more to it very soon!