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Friday, 26 October 2007
Gourds Still Life Watercolor and Drawing Lesson
Topic: Watercolor Class

Set up a still life with decorative gourds of various shapes and markings. Try some drawing exercises first.

A blind contour drawing - pretend your pencil is wandering over the contours of the gourds as it draws on your paper. Don't look at your paper as you draw. It should look funny when you are done - and yet it will have it's own beauty. My example is below.

Draw the negative shapes - scribble or block them in without outlining first. Create the edges at the same time you are filling in the area. Move your pencil in all directions. Use a soft pencil.

Draw from the inside out. Build up the forms as if you were winding a ball of yarn.

For your painting draw a careful line drawing (if you like) then paint as you wish. Painting from light to dark is usually best with watercolor. I did take step-by-step photos as I painted this, but I will leave that for another day, or not! 

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Posted by Catinka Knoth at 11:28 PM EDT
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