Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Farmers Market #18 - Red Umbrella Sketch
Red Umbrella Sketch
6x6in watercolor on acid free paper NFS
#3 in the 30 day challenge.
Many of us use an umbrella for shade here in the
bright sunshine of southern New Mexico. I use one
I was raised using one in England for a completely
My watercolor weekend was spent on doing quick
sketches like this one inspired by a photo taken at
the farmers market here in Las Cruces, NM.
I did not draw first. I started by
placing spots of color next to each other and corrected
angles and shapes with negative painting. If you look
you can see the red of the umbrella under the green and
it doesn't bother me a bit!
The purple shoulder went out too far so I blobbed in a
small dark to indicate the lower part of the sleeve
and did not "tidy up."
These small watercolors are invaluable for me
testing what works or doesn't - what I like or don't like.
This was done on Strathmore mixed-media #400.
I find I like the surface for a sketchy approach.
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Labels: blog, daily painter., farmers market series, Figurative, fracturing technique in watercolor, impressionism. julie ford oliver, red umbrella, strathmore acid free paper
I am a painter living in Las Cruces, NM. After many years as an illustrator I turned to fine art to develop my own artistic voice. I currently teach talented and enthusiastic artists in oil, acrylic and egg tempera painting. I am also a member of the Artist Guild of Southern New Mexico.