We were gifted a bonus lesson by Tamara Laporte last week on the Life Book course. Happily, having had enough time to get through the scheduled lesson early in the week, I had time to work on the bonus lesson too.
The lesson was titled ‘Tree of Life’. It was another practice in painting on top of collage elements and depicted a girl swinging from a tree. I departed completely from the style of the exemplar but I used the techniques and the colour palette. All Winter I seem to have been drawn to the cooler colours, the blues, purples, greens and pinks. I probably need to challenge myself to use a warm colour scheme soon. Perhaps that will force Spring to arrive!
This was truly a mixed media effort as I used watercolour (for the face), acrylics, collage, aquamarkers and neocolors all in the one piece. This was a piece that definitely evolved over the days I spent on it and it most certainly went through a scruffy. This was mainly thanks to the background looking chaotic but somehow painting over it and pushing it back saved it from ugliness.
One creeping realisation I have had since starting the Life Book course is that my ability to draw faces has regressed, markedly so, probably as a consequence of having not attended a life drawing class since I left Britain in October 2013. This is something I will need to attend do in some way. I cannot have my skills rusting any further. Time to grease those artistic joints.