Fifteen years ago, when I was living and working in Wales, I gave a workshop for the Brecnoc Arts Society, which entailed a day’s hike along the Brecon/Monmouthshire canal.
The plan was to walk for fifteen minutes and then sketch for fifteen minutes which was a pattern we repeated for several miles.
The idea of the exercise was to focus observational skills and to recognise that by standing in one spot for a short period of time, the vista before us could be seen from many different points of view.
The following two watercolours are from the Art School, in Olhao. They demonstrate that by shifting the eye slightly, the same subject is seen from a very different point of view. http://www.artinthealgarve.com
During art school in the early sixties, one of the tutors had us observe a crack in the ceiling of one of the studios for several sessions. We were asked to do a series of sketches based on the crack. At the time I thought he was nuts, but in hindsight, he focused our observational skills and showed that anything can be seen in a myriad of ways…even a crack in the ceiling.
Today’s magical hummingbird.