I like lighthouses. Not really sure why, maybe because they speak to travelers at sea and I have always had a bit of wanderlust. For drawing practice today, I picked this calendar photo because it had a lighthouse and I thought it would be easy. I am not sure how long it took me, a couple of hours at least. I started it at work, but finished it later at home. I would like to show these 'projects' to my teacher, but she is sooooo good at what she does it is a little intimidating to think about sharing my work with her. I mean she would say nice teacher things, and maybe even offer a kind critique, but I don't know if I am ready for that yet.
Before I can take any more watercolor classes, I have to take a drawing class. I have to practice every day and this was my attempt from yesterday. I didn't finish the top of the glass, but I was more interested in the shading. I did this during my lunch break. Now I need to get to work and finish today's drawing.
I had several colors in my palette that I wanted to start cleaning up. I began by putting in the background using a wet on wet technique to blend from one shade to another. Then I added the orb; I wanted an element that was repeated in each of the 'frames'.
Now that I have completed my first watercolor class, I feel a little more comfortable mixing colors. I mixed all of these myself : ) It is not as hard as you might think. I also tried a wash for the background. Typically, I have too much paint on the brush which will take over. I think this was good practice of one of my photographs. We made a simple lightbox, I traced the photograph with tracing paper and then using the lightbox, I traced the design on the watercolor paper. It was good practice. I see a lot of things that could be better, but TOM says I am too close to it. He thinks its pretty good.