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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Sketching in Watercolor - Adobe House

On our visit to New Mexico I photographed this house. I will probably do it in both watercolor, and also a version in pastel. I was in my outdoor "studio" (the pop-up canopy) enjoying doodling in my sketchbook, getting familiar with rendering the adobe, when I remembered a lesson in design and composition - and that is: people (in western cultures, that is), are comfortable reading from left to right. As I look at my drawing, the viewer enters from the right and travels to the left. Hmmm ... maybe if I flip it over.

I must be weird, because it makes no difference to me. If you would like to comment, I'd be happy to hear what you think!

I was going to paint more, but a neighbor started practising "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire ...", on a flat clarinet or sax. It is amazing how a listener tries to strain along with the musician to get the right note ... I just couldn't take it anymore. Think I'll go to the State Fair and join my Spinning and Weaving Club tent and spin for demonstrations!


Sharon said...

I'm with you on the music. I had a hard time weaving when Ian had jazz going.

Sharon said...

I asked Ian to lend his opinion - I showed him optometrist-style - 1 or 2. We both picked 1.

Carolyn said...

Interesting! I agree. But maybe because I saw the house in person.