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  • Christine
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    I am using a set of 12 gouache water paints, bought a couple of years ago and not really used so they are nearly new. I used watercolour many years ago but so long ago that I don’t remember much of the technique. The gouache paints are nice, the colours are fresh, and they are smilar to watercolour. What I find most challenging is getting the right proportions when mixing hues. My observation was that there are many instances of the same or similar hue in nature but in a scene, they occur with differing saturation. The quality or intensity of the light affects the perception of hue. This might be due to differing reflectance characteristics of foliage or flowers. I do not have nearly enough different shades/tones in my palette for the range in the scene but I was uncertain exactly how to add the right kind of variation. The image of the palette page doesn’t show the hues correctly but gives an idea of what I did. 3DE1191E-8E1C-4772-83F3-51B4C28CCD58 E0D2388F-09FB-4805-A9D4-F3C675DDF367
  • Christine
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    archr1
    Getting the shapes and proportions right are the hardest aspects of sketching for me. I find I am using negative space more and it is helpful, and I like adding texture and value. My initial gesture drawing of the fox was very rough but had a certain dynamism which I am not sure is there in the more polished sketch. E2E9987C-2D8E-4B1B-B4BD-211515050082EC480E8C-085F-4F8E-AF61-4A3E8827A260
  • Christine
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    archr1
    3A524665-EB62-4912-9348-6C19410E35ED0A318F73-162B-4CFD-8834-DA4DC25EA169 I am accustomed to drawing maps so the exercise felt very familiar and gave me pleasure. The reduction to two-dimensional line image greatly simplified it and I am pleased with the accuracy of the shapes I achieved. This a very good way to detach the mind from the subject and circumvent the automatic filling in from stored images in the brain. I concentrated on reproducing the lines and tried to focus only on that. Yes, it was fun.
  • Christine
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    archr1
    A nice exercise. Really increases capacity for detailed observation. 7B8C08C4-E427-41E8-8CBB-9CA1C6475C2D
  • Christine
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    archr1
    This was an excellent exercise and the video clips are great. Thank you for the mention of the blending tool. I had forgotten the existence of it and after a search, I found one in a box of drawing odds and ends. I love it for making smooth lights and darks. 9D6A705E-896F-41AA-B0EE-B03D95744470
  • Christine
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    archr1
    Apprehensive to start but then found it absorbing and enjoyable. What was easy was that the image was static, fixed, and thus there was no pressure of time or memory. The difficulty comes with selecting what is important to include or emphasize and what can be omitted ... I would omit detail in the surroundings of the bird, unless they were important data. I find it hard to get the proportions and shapes to come out right. I hope the course will help me with this skill. And the shading due to the play of light is a challenge, not so much in this exercise as the light is directly behind the observer and so the bird is fully illuminated, but often, that is not the case. 1BDEB59C-485C-4AA1-A351-664B302AD575
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  • Christine
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    archr1
    I am a longtime nature observer and lover, and a retired cartographer. And I keep a personal daily diary, so I am practiced at writing. Before my hand began to shake, I could draw straight lines with ease but although I have dabbled in drawing and painting ... I have animal painting in my family heritage ... I do not feel confident of my ability to capture natural forms. This course will help me to turn my observations of nature into a record and I hope to learn to create simple drawings and paintings. I liked Shayna’s style for its combo of text/thoughts with image and I thought it was very rich in ideas in both elements and they were successfully integrated on the pages. I would like to emulate that. I purchased the course some weeks ago but have been waiting for spring. It is still a little chilly outdoors but as everything else is on hold while we isolate, this seems a good moment to start. I have been collecting “earth treasures” for many years and I am wondering if it will be possible to include some bits in the journal ... they would need to be flat, pressed leaves or flowers or perhaps spores or feathers, little bits of reality alongside artifice.
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