During my first new watercolor class, my instructor demonstrated a painting technique that she had learned in a class with Andrew Castagnet. I liked her result, and my first attempt came out o.k. Second was a disaster.
Now that we’re in a few week break before the next class, I decided to try to “fix” the first one. Give that dolphin sculpture a bit more definition. Make him stand out from the background..sort of salvage it from the wreckage. Having used a photo my instructor provided, I rummaged through my own photos of the fountain in Bayfront Park in Sarasota. It was then I discovered it. I had painted what I thought I saw, not what was actually there. The lower dolphin on the right hand side was going in the complete opposite direction as the top one. They were not leaping together as I had painted them.
This is the second time my head has played tricks with me in this class. The Roseate Spoonbill class had me spinning because I knew what I thought we were doing. This painting demonstrated something every artist knows….paint what you see, not what you think you see.
I painted it again, not quite getting the looseness I enjoyed in that first painting. But this time, I painted what I saw.
Well, not exactly. The dolphins aren’t blue and purple…then again, you don’t expect me to totally follow that rule, did you?
We may have to have a fourth go at this painting. I love this park, and that fountain. I’ll keep you posted
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