Today I aimed for an achromatic sketch. I nearly achieved that. I find it very hard not to use colour. In fact bright and colourful would be one way to identify my work.
Thinking about composition, the two people are the main feature. They are both placed deliberately in their position using the ‘rule of thirds’ technique. This comes from the theory that the human eye naturally gravitates to intersection points that occur when an image is split into thirds. It’s not really a rule, you do not need to use this in every painting. But it does help to organise elements in a painting to create a more successful painting. Your elements don’t need to be exactly on the intersection points. It is important to avoid placing something perfectly in the centre.
The eye is drawn into the painting in the right hand corner, it then travels to the first person. The second person is positioned close enough for the eye to transfer across to them. This is only a little sketch, however to create a great painting it is important to consider the composition. There are many elements to a successful painting; colour, contrast, value, tone, form, space, line…. As an artist you are able to choose what elements that you like, have fun and then break the rules!!!
You might wonder why I am drawing Paddy Fields. I am getting ready for my ‘Painting in Paradise’ art retreat that I will be running in Ubud. There are a few spots left. If you are interested check out more here. http://www.lisaaddinsall.com/painting-in-paradise-art-retreat-in-ubud-with-lisa-addinsall/
We will be painting each morning in the studio, experiencing charcoal, acrylics, pastels, ink and watercolour. Each day we will venture out for some street sketching. There will be an opportunity to paint a small traditional Balinese art sampler, make some jewellery and experience a cooking workshop as well. Everything is organised for us we just relax, enjoy, eat, paint, swim! I would love you to join me. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.