This week’s Life Book lesson was all about keeping things simple. Taken by Angela Kennedy, the tutorial was all about creating a monochrome line drawing with just a few splashes of colour. I really like Kennedy’s style because she works with mixed media in a more illustrative way and, of course, what I am striving to do is develop my skills with paint and mixed media but apply them to my usual illustrative style.
My favourite flowers are Forget Me Nots so I decided to reference those in my piece. I really like the smudgy dark lines of the drawing and the way the starkness of the figure contrasts with the small areas of colour. Compositionally, however, I have ended up with all of the colour being in the left and lower diagonal of the piece whereas the upper right diagonal is more spare and monochromatic. I am not convinced that it being off kilter to that degree works. I am still labelling this one an overall success, however.