Learning by painting every day

I’m still amazed that painting every day is such a learning process. Some days of course aren’t great and/or they don’t yield great results, but other days I try things and learn so much, make so much progress – regardless of what the final result is. I guess when you create every day, you’re picking up where you left off, it’s a continuous thing. If I have a thought to try a different color for the skin or leave more white paper or whatever, I remember it the next day. When you paint only here and there – you’re practically starting over every time, instead of building on the previous day.

Over the last couple of months I’ve been very mindful of trying to capture highlights and shadows. And since I started working in the beach theme I’ve been thinking a lot about skin tones and the shadows on the skin. I was very happy with the results of the skin of the little girl. I mixed yellow ochre and permanent rose and then mixed in white gouache. The white gouache adds a creaminess that I like. For the shadows of the skin tone I mixed in a little franch ultramarine. When I can, I add the compliment of a color to achieve the shadow instead of black. I was happy with the results. πŸ˜€

11 thoughts on “Learning by painting every day

  1. I’m struggling with finding things to sketch everyday. I want to grow my skills but I can’t find simple things to sketch. Any ideas or resource ideas? Thanks Damit

    1. Damita, I know how you feel when you are ready and willing to sketch but can’t figure out what to draw. Once I solved the problem by drawing everyday objects – tape, lamp, scissors. Writing out your own prompts at the start of the month is one idea. You can follow a theme if you’d like. Or follow other prompts like http://www.worldwatercolorgroup.com or https://www.reddit.com/r/SketchDaily/. This prompt generator is also really cool because you have some say in what type of prompt you get: http://artprompts.org/. Let me know how it goes. πŸ˜€

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