Vignettes – a brief evocative description

Vignettes – a brief evocative description…


I took this photograph of the alley behind the School House, Olhao – where the calla lily caught my eye.


It’s so easy to become overwhelmed when plein air painting.   So much to observe – where to begin?

To overcome this, I suggest painting details – or vignettes of the subject.       These rapid sketches help to focus the eye and mind.

Rapid watercolour sketch….focusing on the negative space.  


Consider that making these quick sketches is like an athlete or dancer warming up.    Along with providing information they hone observational skills.

Note that all the whites in this image, including the calla lily are dry, white paper.    

By adding darks around the Calla Lily into the negative space – the lily is revealed.     


I can hardly believe that another weekend is upon us….reminding me once again that time is our most precious commodity.

Have a lovely weekend, filled with magical hummingbirds:)

P1150606A Bientôt

14 thoughts on “Vignettes – a brief evocative description

  1. Jet Eliot

    Oh how I loved this post, Janet. The photo of the inspiration, the description, the idea of a painting vignette, and then the gradual stages of your lovely work. Thanks so much. 😀

  2. teagan geneviene

    Janet, everything you do is beautiful! Even quick sketches and negative space exercises. You’re right about focusing on a detail — because when the eye (or the mind) beholds so very much, it’s hard to think where to begin. I have to do that in writing, as you do it in art. Hummingbird hugs. 🙂 ❤


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