The idea is to have this week and the next as 5-hour sessions so that together with the previous classes it will make up 20 hours . I thought this week was going to be painting for everyone whether watercolour or acrylic but Geraldine began with wanting us all to take photos of different viewpoints of the still lifes we had set up . Since she also said she wanted people to be ‘weaned’ off photos I was puzzled because I have never relied on my own or anyone else’s for drawing . In the event she made me do it anyway – there were 15 iPads in the room ! Then she said that composition choice must be done with reference to a frame , either cardboard or your hands because the picture/painting must fill the frame – it must not float in the middle . I really don’t agree . Firstly some things look fine ‘floating’ , secondly you can always trim the edges . Finally – and maybe just for me – drawing without plenty of room leads to wrong proportions and hence squashing at the edges . This was what I was working on and it is already squeezed on 3 sides .
I was difficult because I didn’t want to do the pastel work which she introduced as colour relief after getting us to do tonal sketches of our preferred compositions ( complete with red filters to get rid of the colour ! ) . I hate working with pastel or oil pastel and I have done it before , often . What I planned in the past week was that I would use watercolour crayons to do an initial sketch so that I would have a colour reference , then I would do various washes with the paint in the different major colour areas and finally do details with the crayons again . However when it came down to it I hadn’t the nerve to spray the paper and lay down washes as if I could actually paint ! So I just went on working with the crayons as I do – however ‘harsh’ and hence I suppose naughty they are . I’m also not sure about the dictum that all colours in a composition must be related – what about contrast & complementaritys’ role in colour design ? Especially if related means mucky coloured base washes .
So I’m in a stroppy mood . I hope to do some more practice before next week so that I might be more open to learning new stuff !