I know I have mentioned this in posts before, but I don’t think I have have gone into any detail.
Once again while working on a painting in watercolors, I have had to start over. It happens. If you were to ask me right after I have made a mistake I would say that it happens way too often. But in more objective moments I could maybe admit that it isn’t “every single time”. And sometimes I’m even able to get to a place where I realize that it’s often the best thing that can happen. The second attempt is always better in many ways than the first one. And even less measurable but more importantly, it means I’m pushing my abilities. Yes, there are times when having a piece be “good enough” and “not perfect” is a completely valid sentiment. But those moments when you look at your piece and say ” I don’t like that, I can do better” are special, and if they are happening it means you are working and growing. Now, this is not to say that in the moment following the “ooops!” I am completely in touch with this notion, but I’m sure it’s taking less and less time to reach that emotional state. 🙂
The good news is that my process allows me to restart without it being a giant pain in the ass. I start by asking my friends and family to model for me, I set up my scenes and take reference photos. Then I draw it out freehand on tracing paper. This allows me to make mark after mark, and erase (and erase, and erase) without damaging the paper. Then I take my finished drawing and transfer it to the watercolor paper with graphite paper. So, all I need to do when starting over is transfer the drawing to another piece of watercolor paper.
So, now it’s time to just keep on painting……….
Just chose the best pose/reference photo for the next mudra painting……..This one is based off the gesture Cincihna, or Understanding. It is a single handed gesture, with the thumb and the forefinger coming together as if grasping a fine object, such as a grain of truth. I took a bit of artistic license by adding the second hand.
I’m very excited for this one 🙂
Dharmachakra completed! This was fun to do, I’m really enjoying the smaller format and the tighter focus on hands. Hands are so expressive and they can be as individual as faces. I hope you all enjoy them as much as I do. 🙂
This will be the first in a series of hand mudra poses, so check back soon for updates. You can read more about Buddhist hand mudras in my last post.
If you are interested in this piece as a print or as a card click here.
Finished drawing for the next painting. This one was a bit more complicated than I originally thought it would be, but I’m satisfied with how it turned out.
The inspirations for these next few paintings are Buddhist hand mudras.
This one is the Dharmachakra mudra, symbolizing the continuous flow of energy in the cosmos. For the background, my plan is to create a spiral of stars in a dark field of color.
Class two……..We learned how to draw from life by observing carefully and measuring our object using ours pencils as a guide.
Then we learned about one point perspective :
The kids practiced by drawing squares placed above and below the horizon line, then making up our own landscape using the principles that we learned. 🙂
It was a packed but very fun class!
The first excercise in my kids’ beginner’s drawing Class at the Newark Arts Alliance….We talked about how to “see” differently. Instead of drawing what you think a flower should look like, we turned the image upside down and focused on line and shape and negative space. The kids did such a good job! And we had a lot of fun 🙂