Two sides of the sheetPosted: May 6, 2013
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.