Painting over old sketches

A reminder to everyone, including myself that painting over unsuccessful sketches is a great way to warm up.

Warming up, using old sketches, newspaper, inexpensive wall paper lining, envelopes works very well.

Often when giving a life painting workshop, I suggest that everyone begin the session working on newspaper, and invariably this is when the best work is done, simply because the fear of messing  up a good piece of paper is removed.    

I began by using an old sketch which I painted over with paint left on my palette….this provided a colour ground to work from. 

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Using a mix of burnt sienna/prussian blue watercolour I indicate the piano.   (I never use black when watercolour painting)  

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Because I am working off a colour ground, I use Winsor & Newton designer gouache Permanent White to indicate the lightest areas of the picture.     

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I now complete the sketch by accentuating the bright light streaming in from the french windows.   I use Napes Yellow to indicate the back of the chair….

This is painted rapidly, capturing the essence of the moment. 

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It’s vital to remember that like athletes, dancers and musicians, visual artists need to warm up each day.       Playing for 15 minutes before a painting session, can make a huge difference. 

May the Magical Hummingbirds be with you this Monday. 

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