|I was inspired by the working methods of this artist, note how she has isolated colours and tonal values to create areas of focal point by means of contrast.|
Look at the colour groupings on this colour wheel, notice how everything between the violets and yellow green appear cohesive, similarly everything between pink and yellow, we can use this colour wheel to understand colour groups and apply them to the choices we make when selecting and representing a subject.
We also looked at tonal values, and how to use that to draw your attention to a particular part of the composition, look again at these squares, and see which grab your attention most, and try to anayse why, see ( right ) how to apply tonal values to the same scene to create different focal points and abstract shapes.
|My painting ws a quick working out, but you can take this idea, and apply it to anything and develop it.|
|working your colours out with thumbnail sketches really pays dividends, as planning a painting involves a more lengthy process than we have time for during our washes|
The only male student today, preferred boats as a subject, and took the same idea, and applied these principles to this subject, he extended the lines in the subject to cover the background, went beyond my own colour choices and produced this brilliant piece of work, which shows a high degree of creativity and sophistication, quite astonishing considering he is colour blind!here are some photo ref of the flowers we were painting, plus a wet in wet demonstration I gave to show a different approach to washes with flowers