Évolution? Dévolution? ou Révolution?

This must be the hardest painting that I have done up to now. Give me perspective drawing, and I feel comfortable with the notions… but trying to paint fur is something else. I followed a workshop with Melinda Brewer, who specializes in painting horses, and what a watercolourist extraordinaire. You can take a look at what she does here: http://www.poloart.ca/. So I tried following her instructions, but as you can see I struggled. I usually paint from light to dark — adding layers of paint as I go along. However, Melinda starts with the darks and moves towards the lights… what an interesting and different approach. However, I felt as though I was going through phases of evolution, where I really felt that I was learning something… to devolution, where I was totally discouraged…. and then even perhaps a tad of revolution! Meaning that I could see where it could perhaps bring me. But alas, the image below is no testimonial to what Melinda can do.

Que c’est difficile d’apprendre une nouvelle technique d’aquarelle–je me sentais en évolution, dévolution et même en révolution! Tout en même temps!  J’ai suivi un atelier avec Melinda Brewer, une artiste aquarelliste extraordinaire de Hudson. Voici un de ses sites web: http://www.poloart.ca/.

Et voici Gimli-Pyper que j’ai tenté de peindre en utilisant une nouvelle approche. Au lieu de commencer avec les couleurs pâles en s’en allant vers les couleurs foncées, j’ai fait comme Melinda m’a montrée… commencer par les tons foncés et finir avec les tons clairs. Je n’ai pas eu le temps d’assimiler tout ce que j’ai appris encore et donc je ne peux pas en parler, car je dois laisser le temps à mon cerveau de s’y faire. J’ai aussi appris comment dépeindre… humph. Très pratique ;-) Si jamais vous aimez voir des chevaux peints en aquarelle d’une exactitude incroyable, allez voir son site…


About Jane Hannah

Canadian graphic artist, painter, sketcher, typographer, calligrapher and teacher at Cégep John Abbott College in Québec, Canada. Jane Hannah also has a website for her students at www.gimligraphics.com and a main blog at www.janehannah.com. She is also part of the Montreal Urban Sketchers.
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