Different points of view.

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. 


A bientôt.

18 thoughts on “Different points of view.

  1. olganm

    Fantastic suggestions and beautiful part of Wales too. Yes, a change of focus and point of view also can notably change writing… Beautiful sketches!

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Yes that part of Wales is very beautiful. I was fortunate enough to live in Crickhowell (The Magical Town of Crickadoon) for 12 years and so have hiked the hills and canal on many an occasion. Thank you, Olga.x

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Another interesting comment. Thank you, Sarah. It’s very interesting for me to consider observational skills being used in many different forms. You and Peter have both opened up new ideas for me……Wonderful:)

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      I love this comment.
      From now on, when I am working with others, I will ask them to put into words what they are seeing in the instance they regard a subject. Having two people do this, could be very revealing.
      You have given me an idea to extend observational skills. Thank you, Peter:)

  2. Mary

    Great exercise for observation and quick sketches Janet. Wonderful hummingbird as always, but staircase is gorgeous w/the choice colors for lighting and shadows.

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  4. snowbird

    Yes, the more we look the more we see! I love the walking and observing! Beautiful pics, especially the wee hummer, magical as usual.xxx


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