Tuesday, September 7, 2010

To Simply Paint


Blue Crab Special  watercolor 24"x18"
This painting is from about fifteen years ago when I learned to paint wet on wet and also to bring abstraction to a painting. Jan Ledbetter whose class I was attending then, in preparation for a workshop 'Watermedia Encounter' by Doug Walton, gave us her version of a set of steps of his style of painting. Doug Walton was a student of the renowned watercolor painter Ed Whitney and  he passed on some of Whitney's wisdom. The one I remember the most: Any teacher can teach how to begin a painting but you have to be the one to finish it.  Some other things that stayed with me from that time are : to let go and not be afraid of drawing and painting instinctively, having dark darks and white whites in a painting,  touch a point optimally once and no more than 3 times,  paint shapes,  have big readable nouns and most importantly you don't have to paint or fix everything! 

11 comments:

Kathy Staicer said...

Great Blue crab and wonderful words of wisdom. Unfortunately I am always trying to fix everthing. (At least everything that I can.)

Melanie Rawlings said...

I realy like the light colours in here. Very beach. The blue hues are a cool look for a crab!

meera said...

Thank you Kathy! Unfortunately, I usually try to fix a mistake and make it more glaring!

Thanks Melanie! The blue was the easy part --it was the background that gave me a huge headache for months!!!!

Crystal Cook said...

This is a great painting meera! I love the design of it :) And good old Mr. Whitney, I still think about his Pappa bear, Mama bear, and baby bear shapes I read about in his book :)

meera said...

Thanks Crystal! apparently once Ed Whitney put a big tissue napkin on his head, a medium one on his ear and a little piece hanging off his nostril during a demonstration to make a point about Papa, mama and Baby bear shapes :)

Anudeepa Kadiresan said...

The crab and the hidden numbers ...are all great with blue..

meera said...

Thanks Anudeepa! And you even found the hidden numbers :)

Patricia Torres said...

wonderful!! the post.. and the blue crab!!

meera said...

Thanks patricia!!!

Prabha N. said...

Gr8 advice and painting :)

meera said...

Thanks you Prabha --the challenge is to apply it while sketching and painting.

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