EXPERIENCE IS SIMPLY THE NAME WE GIVE OUR MISTAKES.
Often people tell me that they are reluctant to keep a dedicated sketchbook because they are afraid of ” messing it up”. One of the best reasons to keep a sketchbook is to have the opportunity to mess something up that does not involve the IRS. If you have not made something hideously spectacular lately- you are not trying hard enough.
GOUACHE SUMMARY PAINTING is the answer to the page with an offending image.
My biggest issue in this regard is with the drawing that is left unfinished or barely started. A few meaningless scribbles on a blank-ish page really bugs me. Gouache is opaque so it will cover the prior imagery nicely, and one can do a summary painting right on top.
Keeping the goals modest is key in this kind of work. Remember that patterns of light & broad shape relationships form the most communicative messages to a viewer. This type of work is VERY GOOD for those who are self critical: if the page was a loss at the start the only way to go is up.
1. Limit the session to 20 minutes or less.
2. Try to capture the pattern of light immediately.
3. Concentrate on the integrity of shapes, but not DETAILS. DETAILS are hobgoblins. They lead a lot of people astray, myself included. LESS IS MORE.
4. Allow about 5 minutes for PARTICULARS: specifics that are idiosyncratic to your subject. In the first example, having a precise set to the woman’s face was important and particular. It was the moment of greatest contrast and the focal point.
So…I gotta go. I have some pages to paint…….