Whenever I am working on a new piece, I always seem to come up with a mini-me composition. Using tiny pieces of spare watercolour paper, I quickly plan out my ideas of colour and layout. Doing this rather than just a pencil sketch gives me a good idea of how colours, leaves, flower shape and textures will work together. I also tend to draw a small sunshine along with an arrow in the corner where the direction of light is coming from.
Sketching and planning a good composition is one of the hardest parts of the course for me. It is one thing to be able to accurately portray a subject, but creating a pleasing work of art is quite another. Every tutor will, of course have their own ideas about what makes a good piece, and some of my more 'interesting' compositions have perhaps not gone down so well with the more traditional amongst them. Sticking to your guns when a good mark is at stake is certainly brave.
|A Crocosmia and Clematis combo|
Purple and orange always looks good together.
For my latest assignment?
|Clematis again but this time with dissections|
These would have looked better in a line
along the bottom
|A quick sketch of a window, possibly for |
a window box idea.
|Some ideas for a vegetable compostion|
|My 'interesting' vegetable compostion|
|For Working in the Field, a number of little sketches|
were made. With five to get in it was a tight squeeze.
|This was the final layout,|
with the pinks and purples in opposite corners.
Again, my tutor called this one, 'interesting'.
I am beginning to hate that word!