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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!

3 comments:

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.