Composition Lesson

Still Life Composition Lesson and More Buttons
This morning in class we talked about the placement of objects on our paper.  Not the right or wrong placement of objects, but how they relate to one another spatially.

The lower left pencil drawing was just drawing things as they were  -  no arranging or composing.  We just drew what we saw, how we saw it.  We were trying to place things up and down the picture plane showing the volume of the objects  -  that is, making sure they would really fit where we put them.

The top left watercolor is just a very quick, three object still life, sketched only with watercolor  -  no preliminary drawing.  It was a salt shaker, a bottle of ink, and a spool of thread.  This exercise was to get the objects in place without fussing at all with any detail.

The buttons are just more buttons.  This is the beginning of a new session, and some of the students hadn't had a  chance to see the button demo or try it for themselves.  These buttons could become habit forming.

I see I am really behind with replies to comments.  I LOVE your comments, and I will get right at it!


Marj said...

Haven't tried the buttons yet...but would like to (again) try to just "brush some color in" without sketching. We did that once in your class...and it was great! I picked up a little book (actually, it's 4-1/2" x 3-1/4") called "10-Minute Watercolours" by Hazel Soan. Contains demos of brush-only sketches. Got it from B&N online. Quite handy.

Catherine said...

Marj - I have that little book! I will have to look over the brush-only demos. Thanks for pointed it out.

Anonymous said...

I love the buttons, thats so cool, I will have to give that a try!

Diana said...

HI Catherine, I love your squirrel story!! It had me laughing!! We have squirrels in the bird feeder everyday!! love your rose and your buttons are fun. Your classes are wonderful! love,Diana

Sand Hill Art said...

Went to Crooked Tree on Wednesday, and enjoyed all the wonderful art work on display there including several of your watercolors. Lunch at Whitecaps.
Hazel Soan paints in England and had a tv spot when I lived there. She was one of my inspirations.

Catherine said...

Lauri - the buttons are fun - do give them a try.

Diana - the squirrel did provide a little adventure without even leaving home : )

Sandhill/Sally Anne - Crooked Tree and Whitecaps - both fun Petoskey things to do. I am going to have to really read over that little book again. I had forgotten I had it.