8 September 2011

Advice Pretty Please ...

A little while ago a friend and I enrolled in a drawing and painting evening class.  It's just dawned on me that we start in a couple of weeks so I've unearthed my poor neglected watercolour paints ...

They were terribly dusty.  Can you see my fingerprints?!

I absolutely love painting but far too rarely do I actually do it.  I don't know why really.  I find it one of the most relaxing and rewarding ways to spend a few hours.  However, the longer the gap between painting, the less confidence I have that I will be able to create something that I like or am pleased with.

A few years ago, I painted a few little ACEOs (Art Cards, Editions and Originals) measuring 3.5" x 2.5" and put them up for auction on eBay to try and make a few pennies.  They each started at 99p and, to my surprise, all sold for between £5 and £15!

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you may remember me struggling with this painting of Bertie about a year ago ...

Other than the odd half-hearted dabble, I've done absolutely nothing since (hence the dust on my paintbox!).

The class we are going to is of 'mixed ability' thankfully.  The idea is that we each take a photograph from which to draw or paint.  That's where I'm getting a little stuck/greedy.  I really, really want someone to help me paint more 'freely' and to be more confident with colours.  I'd also absolutely love to tackle a portrait in watercolours.  Do you think that's too ambitious?  Should I approach one thing at a time?  Does anyone have any tips as to what type of photograph I should take?  Should I take one of my own children or am I better to tackle a face less familiar to me?

Sooooo many questions!

Any advice would be warmly welcomed. :-)