Two sides of the sheet

I sketched the tulips in my garden twice today. The first sketch was a compositional failure — colours all over the place, no clear lights and darks, and everything a bit too pale. So I turned the sheet over (before it even had time to dry) and started again. This time, instead of penciling in the flowers, I went straight to paint, just trying to achieve some sort of unity through colour or shape or direction of line. The tulips were in front of me but without a pencil in my hand I was able to think more about the composition on the sheet and less about recording every leaf or petal. It was an easy exercise to try with flowers but would undoubtably be more difficult to repeat with a street scene.


13 Comments on “Two sides of the sheet”

  1. Alison says:

    Most inspiring! An inspired.

  2. Suzanne M says:

    WOW !

  3. Sue says:

    I really liked this one: fresh, unified design, FUN….thanks as always for sharing your work and stories of your processes….

  4. drawandshoot says:

    Very beautiful, Shari!

  5. Lee Kline says:

    Straight to the paint! Yay. That is a good way to go. This is so juicy.

  6. donmcn says:

    I love this Shari!

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