After the upside down drawing I got into a discussion with my dear painting friend Ruth Pearl also my guiding light for art critiques about looking at your art upside down to see problems.
So today I tried it. I want to see if I can apply what I have learned from Vlad Paint Alongs to this fairly simple photo.
I did my value sketch. It is a little big. Should be postcard size. Oops. And I should work on a wider range of values from dark to light but I have a good start.
I want to make the top right window the focal point.
Then I turned it upside down to sit and look at for errors. Why do errors show?? Because you aren’t looking at what you drew but the shapes and tones of the value sketch.
I noticed right off the bat that the building was wonky. Aka lines weren’t straight. A good thing or bad thing. I also noticed that the top window did attract your eye right off the bat.
I cheated and drew it first. Now I have to go back and make some Adjustments. Like a taller roof on the left building and the chimney on the right one.
I guess I should turn it upside down and look at it too.
Something else I like to do is take the color out of a photo to reduce it to the elements.
Ps don’t forget just because it’s not there in thenpainting doesn’t meant you can’t add it.
Been watching Frank Francese paint watercolors on Cheap Joes YouTube. https://youtu.be/EPSfkIL9nzs
There are several of them. Love his bright colors and his wild paintings.
Margaret ready to watch Part 2&3 of Frank’s Beach painting. Xoxoxox