This week’s Life Book lesson was a tutorial by Juliette Crane. She had been the tutor back in March when I produced a painting of a flying pig in response to her lesson about intuitive, loose mark making. This bonus lesson was on the same topic but with the intention to create a face rather than a whimsical animal.
I had used acrylic alone for the flying pig so this time I chose to use watercolour alone. Not very mixed media, I know. It was interesting to compare how I fared with both lessons as I was definitely much looser this time. Knowing I was aiming for a face, I blocked out part of the paper with a rough flesh tone but otherwise I just loaded my brush with colours on a whim, no thought-process, just instinct. Usually with watercolour, I do at least a very basic pencil sketch before filling in the colour. This time, however, I just sploshed the pigment around, letting in bleed and splatter and mix on the page.
I didn’t give much thought to the face when it came to it either which unfortunately meant that the proportions went a bit awry. I was not aiming for anything approaching realism anyway, more of an illustration of a face, but the components still had to work together to create something harmonious and I am not convinced that I achieved that. Even the rosy circles on the cheeks cannot distract from the fact that the face is wonky.
I may not be pleased with the look of the face and I am not completely convinced that this is my style but I definitely enjoyed the loose mark making and being so free with the watercolour. I am pleased that little by little I am becoming less rigid with my art.