my creative resolution

Watercolor, Illustration, Surface Design

Learning by painting every day

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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. 😀

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Author: Eileen McKenna {my creative resolution}

Web and Print Designer living in New York. I blog about painting, illustration, and designing patterns. Inquires are welcome.

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

  2. skin and shadow – both challenging! Great job Eileen!

  3. I really feel real passion for painting in your posts.
    Thanks for sharing it with us

  4. Pingback: Starting Can be the Hardest Part | my creative resolution

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