Sketchbook has become a very significant part of my art journey. I use it for my small preliminary works in different mediums. These days I am creating water colour paintings in them. I posted about these works earlier too and you can CLICK HERE to browse through them.
The works are sized 4" X 5.5" and are done in a very free and loose manner. Working small helps me to learn better. I start with the reference photo, analyse the elements and then work out the procedure in my mind regarding the technique that I shall be using to create the background, middle ground and the foreground. Then I go ahead and mix the colours as required in my palette ( Camlin artists water colour tubes ) and begin the work.
It takes me roughly ten to fifteen minutes to create each work. Since it is a small preliminary study I have to constantly remind myself to avoid getting into too many details and stop after a while. However many a times I get so involved with my art that I lose the sense of time and overdo the strokes which is not really required.
After completing each of the small paintings I make a small note at the side which in future can remind me of my little experiments that I did each time. At times the painting does not match the vision that I had in mind and it challenges me all the more to try out something different to make it work.
A rocky seashore
Breezy day at the sea
Foggy day at seashore
A tree in shadow
Mandalpatti hills ( Karnataka )
Aerial perspective - study work
The sketch book with 40 cartridge sheets in it.
I am loving this sketch book. I purchased it from Art Station, a stationery shop close to my residence.
Posting below a beautiful quote that I came across recently and it so well worded. Anyone who is painting in water colour medium will agree with it.
"Watercolor is like golf. Every stroke counts." Katie Wood McCloy