Animal Month

Guided by Emily Hirtle, at the Main Line Art Center I started to think about how I wanted to represent different animals with watercolor and gouache. I no longer find watercolor scary and I am motivated by representing the many animals in my life. I want to get better at drawing and painting because I love animals! Emily inspired the class with images of animals by Wyeth, Sargent, and other artists who captured color and gesture with watercolor. I will keep practicing seeing the shapes that form the animal bodies.

Lesson: Memory vs. Photo

I had some acrylics left over from my class so I thought I’d use them to practice what I learned in my last painting class. The messages from class: form makes a strong painting, value is important in the “reading” of the painting, and finally, a photo can be somewhat of a tyrant. It is nice to depart from the photo. It is somewhat of a revelation (at least for me) that this is what allows for interpretation.

This was only roughly drawn from a photo. Using what I learned in class, I did a quick value study and used the study as the basis for the painting. I like the painting because it is mostly drawn from memory, and painting it helped me remember this sweet dog.