Some life work from the last few weeks. I inherited some Derwent watercolour pencils and a water brush and along with a set of Inktense I already had I thought I would have a go at the unpredictable and scary media. I quickly realised that 'colouring in' wasnt the way, its actually more like drawing than painting and less is more, so in that respect its quite useful for the warm ups. Most of these are about 5 mins, 4ish loosely sketching and then a minute with the water pen releasing the pigment and ink and pushing it around a bit. As you can see I am still working out colourways, a warm and a cool seems about right for the time and I think I prefer the more earthy colours. I do flit about with my media, not sure if thats a good or a bad thing but I cant seem to help myself.
Still trying to speed paint in oils, I sometimes think I am mad trying to accurately capture a figure in an hour, it feels so frantic but it must be good practice. Some are more finished than others but there is little time to think, plan, mix and correct never mind about making artistic decisions etc. So if I have got the gesture and the proportions I am happy - so what if they just go into a great pile never to be seen again. Colours are often hit and miss, sometimes palette leftovers, somtimes mixed without knowing exactly what colours I am using. Painting in the evening in a low light often brings a colourful suprise the next morning in daylight but if the values are ok though thats fine with me - maybe I should check a few in black and white. I'm hankering after doing a longer painting soon though and just have to decide what I want to do, thinking and planning is a luxury I havent had just lately. I am going to commission myself to paint something for our newly decorated living room. A master study perhaps, something from life, maybe something more abstract, the world is my oyster.