Harker Flowers

Love These Colors!
I should work a little harder at getting the shape of this dish.  Another day. Maybe. 

In this morning's class we talked about composition again. We will never stop talking about composition - that's what it's all about.  You could be the best watercolor "technician" in the world, but if the composition of a painting is awkward, it'll never hold up.   I think thumb nail sketches and value sketches are essential to do before getting to the painting, and everyone seems to be slowing down and enjoying the process.

Right now I am going to go paint a couple more little tiny paintings for the Arts Center Christmas show, and I must admit I am not going to do thumb nails or value sketches for them.  They are so small, they are just colorful thumbnail sketches themselves.

Are you thinking about Thanksgiving dinner?  Maybe you could dig out a pretty dish or two and sketch it.  Let me know if you do that, okay?


Anonymous said...

purdy dish, purdy painting.

Claire M said...

This is a fabulous page and a great idea to paint dishes. I'll have to take your suggestion at Thanksgiving and paint one of my pieces of china. I really like your layout for the page, as well as the phot composition including part of the real dish and paint palette.

P.S. I read your book on my recent trip across country and I really enjoyed it!!

Vaishnavi said...

You have gotten me thinking about joining an art class! I just wish I had the time but I am so rushed off my feet between work and B School applications. Still, I am determined to squeeze in some time. As always, very pretty painting. The dish reminds me straight away about summer and you have captured that really well :)

Catherine said...

Anonymous - thanks!

Thanks Claire - I thought November would be a good time to make dishes my painting "theme", although I seem to have trouble sticking to a theme.

I'm glad you enjoyed my book! Hope you had a great trip.

myra anderson said...


Catherine said...

Vaishnavi - Yes - try to squeeze in a class. It'll probably be the most relaxing couple hours of you week.

Myra - Thank you! I just enjoyed visiting your very pretty and colorful blog.

Cynthia Schelzig said...

Lovely sketches of your plate....
I have to sketch some of my china one of these days....thanks for the inspiration.