I’m hopeless when it comes to watercolor. Partly this is because I don’t care enough about color but a heavy dose of ignorance about them adds to my problems with watercolor. So, it’s not likely that I’ll be telling anyone how to do watercolors anytime soon, but I have lots of experience messing up a drawing with the addition of color, so I thought I’d show you an example and let you cast some stones in my direction. Feel free to laugh.
Here is a sketch I did as we launched our “outdoor season.” In fairness to me, it was a considerable struggle for me to get to the site and by the time I did my knee was throbbing and all I wanted to do was lay down (grin). I did a simple drawing of a wooden statue resembling the front end of a ship. Then, just for background, I did a really spartan outline of the building behind it for composition’s sake. Then I proceeded to make a mess of the whole thing.
Note that there is no life in those colors. Note also that I’ve covered the entire drawing with those lifeless colors. This sketch would have been much better if I’d just left the background building white. The principle subject wouldn’t have sunk so far into oblivion. What a mess. At least it’s an example of what NOT to do.
By the time I finished that sketch I was exhausted, but from the same location one could see the spire of what was a downtown fire station so we decided to draw it. I was still in blah-color mode but I like this sketch anyways. Most exciting of all is that we’re finally sketching outdoors.