Saturday, 15 October 2011

Waterscapes - preparation

Reflections in the harbour. Soft pencil

I know one thing. Water is hard to draw. It is easy to think that you’ve sussed the pattern and stop looking. Then start to fill in automatically only to find that it now looks nothing like water.

Colour study. Soluble pencils

It can at times look mirror still and character less, other times like a faceted jewel, reflecting colours you never knew was there.

The pattern is just mesmerizing. Where do you even start?

I can understand Monet's and Constable's fascination with water. Where else can you meticulously observe something and draw it and get a result that looks completely abstract? It challenges your observation skills.

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